Navroz Poem – Zafeera Kassam: Spring of My Soul’s Winter

SPRING OF MY SOUL’S WINTER

 

Navroz Poem - Zafeera Kassam: Spring of My Soul's Winter

O Mowla! O Khudavind!

Our souls – as if fish in a niche of water,
its levels receding as time stretches
end to end to end to end; unending:
days turn to weeks turn to months
turn to tundras of time in limbo;

O Mowla! O Khudavind!
Our souls – anxious, unsecure, unhinged,
perched on the precipice of perdition,
praying that the estuary of Your munificence
may flow into this niche we claim.

O Mowla! O Khudavind!
Writhing; wailing; woebegone
the wall that dammed our sentience
which once permeated peace –
this wall is worse than indifference.

O Mowla! O Khudavind!
We beg O Mowla! O Khudavind!
We beseech O Mowla! O Khudavind!
We implore and we entreat with fervour:
Collapse this perpetual partition!

O Mowla! O Khudavind!
Deserve it we surely not,
benevolent You surely are,
at Your mercy we find redemption;
grant us this one wish:
may we be flooded with deedar of our beatific Imam.

Ameen, Ameen, Ameen…

O Mowla! O Khudavind!
Only the warmth of Your paternal smile
can melt the winter in our bones;
Only the susurrus of Your maternal blessings
can bloom a verdant garden in our minds;

O Mowla! O Khudavind!
Only the affectionate gaze of our Omnipresent
can spring a fountain of love in our hearts;
Only the fortunate glimpse of our Imam
can invigorate the appetence of our souls.

 

Zafeera Kassam is an Ismaili murid and teacher by profession, living in Nairobi. She hopes to be continuously inspired to write praises of our beloved Hazar Imam for as long as she can.

 

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