Found Baggage Lost Here

I have lost only what the moth loses
in the candle flame—ash.
I have lost what falls behind
the turning sunflower—shadows.
I have lost the milky scales that cover the eyes
of a snake about to shed.
I have lost what the skeleton gives up
to the worms and the bleaching sun.
I have lost the empty husk a cicada leaves
for a few months in the chorus of summer
after seventeen years in the ground.
At the baggage carousel I couldn’t find a tag
with my name on it, because all the tags said
YOU.

- Tiel Aisha Ansari, from her poetry blog, Knocking From Inside. Reposted with permission.

Ya Haqq!


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4 Responses to Found Baggage Lost Here

  1. Dipti says:

    wonderfully written dear brother..thanks for sharing..

  2. Aafke says:

    I find this a fascinating poem, I keep having to think about it…
    Thanks for sharing this.

  3. UTP says:

    heheh…good one…

  4. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you for the comments :) It is a wonderful poem, that kept me returning to Sister Tiel’s blog to read again and again, until I finally asked permission to repost it.

    Good poems are like that, at least for me, they touch something deep in the heart that must be replenished again and again, like prayer and zekr.

    Ya Haqq!

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