Archive Pages Design$type=blogging

Tears by Kenza Saadi | a poem from Iraq


Now that I am leaving the desert, the bright blue skies,
And the hovering helicopters that churn dust like You turn the wheel of time.

Now that I am surrounded by silence,
And come out with friends, images of sadness reflected in my eyes.
Now that I see the beauty that You created,
Nature so sublime amidst desperation, knocking at my soul like a falling petal.

Oh God! Please allow me to cry,
As I suffocate from grief.

All I can offer is a broken jar that does not dare leak.
My shattered heart that screams the desolation of what I am leaving behind.

My soul bares the marks of war.
Yet I come out, not in triumph, but in sadness - humbled by it all.

I learned that the world is dark, yet immensely harmonious,
And that the desperation of mothers will not change the glory of it all.
I learned that we are but simple specks,
Yet we can light up the nights of war like fire flies on a summer’s night.

I also learned that as the wind moves the clouds, the wounded weep;
But that unlike melting snow, the missing are not forgotten.

Omniscient, You observe this world held together but by unmarked graves,
Where suffering never walks alone and smiles linger on.

Like a stone thrown into a vast lake, my prayers dissipate.
Only You can hear my thanks and my angst.

I was born with a knife in my heart destined to bleed for the hurt of others.
From this clear view, I can see the majestic in the most humble.

Wars are waged and people die. So simply, so powerfully so.
I am privileged to see it thus.

In solitude now, I think of what I am leaving and how it could be.
Silence You impose. Yet, You speak through glory.

You make Your presence known, through the tattered clothes and the rings formed in water,
And the yellow flowers I saw blooming in the desert impervious to it all.

As ephemeral as I am,
My heart is truthful as I come to pray.

Consider please, that I have fought against desperation and rage,
Yet scored only insignificant victories.
Consider also, that I have tried to leave anger aside, and remain as patient as can be,
But that my only success was to silence my sadness.

Yes, I have laughed and smiled. I have comforted also.
But I have not cried.

Oh God! Please let me cry
So that I may shed the sorrow that my heart contains.

Oh God! Please let me cry
So that my tears may heal the land between rivers.

- Kenza
Iraq, May 2006

Note: This is a poem shared by Kenza Saadi who is a visitor of this blog. She left Iraq in 2006. She was there since 2005 with a humanitarian organization and wrote something upon leaving. Kenza writes about herself, "I am a Muslim (even if putting me in a box with a label has never really been possible, Mexican of Moroccan origin, raised between Paris and New York), and I have read and tried to understand many spiritual/religious writings and thoughts from Islam to Buddhism to Kashmiri Shaivism to many others. At the end, we all seek the same. A path of humility and hope, towards the One."

A personality like Kenza who puts own precious life in total risk and uncertainty for the love of humanity, to me is like a Prophet of our age. This is pure sacrifice. May God bless her and accept her dedication for the humanity. May God raise her status among the blessed ones. With deep respect and appreciation to Kenza i am sharing this beautiful work of poetry with you.

COMMENTS

Name

99 names abida activism adab adamandeveit advaita alchemy alchemy of the divine Ali alka Allah almsgiving americandiary anab antiwar art article ascetic attributes audio authority award bahai bahaullah bangla bangladesh baul bawa beauty bengali bhakti bible bill whitehouse biography blog book book review booklog bosnia breath bual buddha buddhism calligraphy carnival carolyn charity children Christ christian christianity Christology click comparative comparative religion compassion consciousness contemplative tradition conversation cosmology counsel creative creative thought creative thoughts crucifixion current affairs dante darshan death deception democracy desert spirituality destiny devotion Dhikr diary documentary donation download dreamwork DVD dying earth ecospirituality ego egypt eid end time endtime enlightenment eschatology esoteric ethics event evil exegesis exergesis experience faith fast fasting feminine folk forgiveness fundraising ghayb gita globaloneness gnosis God golden sufi gospel governance gratitude guestblog guide on the path gurdjieff hadith hadra hafez hafiz haiku hajj haqiqat haqqu hasidic headscarf headscarves healing health heart hinduism history humanright humor husayn illusion imran-hosein in_quest_of_oasis inayat khan infographic inspiration integral spirituality interview islam islamophobia jesus Jesus Christ Jewish journalism judaism justice kabir kahlil gibran kenwilber Koan Koran krishna language last age law of attraction life link Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee love love. inspiration lyric mahmud shabistari maktub malamat mansur hallaj mary mary magdalene Mawlid meditation meditative quranic verse mercy metaphysics miracle miraj Mohammad mosque movie Muhammad music muslim mystic mysticism mysticsaint poetry mysticsaint prayer mysticsaint thought Nachman naomi naqshbandi nature news news. jesus tomb old age oneness origin original osho palestine paradox peace philosophy photography pir zia inayat khan pluralism podcast poem poem on God poetry poety poll porshee positive psychology poverty practice prayer presence present project Prophet Muhammad protest psychology qawwali question quote Quran quranic rabbi meir ben Baruch ramadan reality reincarnation relation religion Remembrance resource Resurrection retreat review roundup rumi sacred activism sacred geometry sacrifice saint saints saying sayings of Prophet science secularism self service Shadhiliyya shamanism Shamcher Shaykh Nooruddeen Durkee shrine Sidi Sikh social media sohbet song soul sound speedlink spiritual spiritual materials spirituality statistics story submission sufi sufi healing sufi podcast sufi poetry carnival sufi tale sufi tariqa sufi wisdom sufi-infographic sufihaqqu sufis sufism sufism wisdom sufism. hinduism sufitale surrender survey symbology tafsir tagore tantra tao teaching technology ted temple terrorism the secret thelogy thought thoughts time translation travel tribute truth unity upanishad vatican veda veil video view violence visit webcast wisdom witness woman workshop worship yoga zakat zawiya zen zen mind Zikr
false
ltr
item
Technology of the Heart: Tears by Kenza Saadi | a poem from Iraq
Tears by Kenza Saadi | a poem from Iraq
http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/2917/694/400/233023/iraq_desert.jpg
Technology of the Heart
http://www.techofheart.co/2007/02/tears-by-kenza-saadi-poem-from-iraq.html
http://www.techofheart.co/
http://www.techofheart.co/
http://www.techofheart.co/2007/02/tears-by-kenza-saadi-poem-from-iraq.html
true
9500025
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago