Little Girls, Like Butterflies

Brightly colored wings

Of silk and ribbons

Floating softly

Secret giggles like

A song of life

Touching the heart

Little girls, like butterflies

Need no excuse

– Irving Karchmar, © 1977 (for Rebecca)

Alhamdulillah! Today I became a grandfather. My lovely step-daughter gave birth this morning to a beautiful baby girl. This is my wife’s first grandchild also, and she is overjoyed. The parents haven’t picked a name yet, but I offer the above poem out of love, originally written at my own daughter’s birth.

Ya Haqq!

37 Responses to Little Girls, Like Butterflies

  1. James says:

    Peace and all Love’s Blessings to the little wing and all who flutter about her.
    Sending good wishes.


  2. aluchaat says:

    Congratuations Irving, I will be coming here often in the hope that there shall be many updates. Very happy thoughts for mother and baby

  3. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving bhai,

    Ma sha Allah. Mabruk! May Allah bless the new arrival with nothing but goodness, in this world and the next.

    Wow! A grandfather eh? Ma sha Allah! Perhaps we should call you Poppa Dervish? (Only joking of course). ;)

    Abdur Rahman

  4. Abdur Rahman says:

    Or, perhaps Baba Dervish?

  5. mash’allah! many congratulations from us and best wishes to your granddaughter.


  6. yasmine says:

    Oh, Irving, this is such marvelous news!
    (I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “marvelous” before in writing, but this seems such an apposite time. =))

    May your little butterfly granddaughter be granted a life filled with all that is beautiful and blessed and good! And may she be a source of joy to all those who know her, and may she spread light and the song of life wherever she goes. Ameen.

    I think it’s so lovely that the poem you wrote thirty years ago is so fitting, once more.

  7. Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    Ah, Baba Irving has a good ring! And I am not opposed to using it since you have taught me in many ways as a father does.

    Mabruk on your healthy beautiful granddaughter, may Allah bless her with iman, health, and everything she needs in this life and her future, ameen.

    And this is such a lovely and sweet poem too. :)

  8. sf says:

    Alf mabruk! Congrats on your grandchild. My parents say that the best time is for them is when they became grandparents. They no longer *discipline* but spoil their grandchildren. :)

  9. Shiraz says:

    Congratulations, “Baba Darvish”! Many blessings to the little one and the whole family! :)

  10. Mazel tov! Best to baby, mother and the rest of the family.

  11. Abdul Muneer says:

    Salaams bhai,
    Alhamdulillah. May Allah raise her in His protection and Guidance.

  12. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all so much for the congratulations, kind words and prayers :) Children and grandchildren are indeed a blessing from God, a miracle of joy and love that flows without cease. And we can indeed spoil her and give her back lol. Ah, life.

    Ya Haqq,

    Baba Darvish

  13. nisa says:

    Congrats Brother Irving!! May Allah swt bless you and your family.

    I wonder what are some of your favorite names for boys and girls… erm, no particular reason for asking. ok maybe. so yeah, what say you?

    salaams :)

  14. darvish says:

    Well, dear Sister Nisa, I liked the name Quinn for a girl or boy, and sure, enough I just found out that they named the new baby Quinn :) They wanted an Irish name, since they are both of old Irish heritage. For a boy, they were thinking of Roman, which is a good boys name, and unique. I also like Quincy for both boy or girl, so I have a Q thing lol.

    I personally like Sonia, my mother’s name, which means the pretty one, and Jack, my father’s name, both not used much any more.

    Romeo is also a good boy’s name, though he may get beat up a lot lol.

    So…. when are you expecting?

    Ya Haqq!

  15. Koonj says:

    Congratulations, our dear Darvish! I’m very happy for you – beautiful! Yes, indeed boys blahhh :)

  16. sf says:

    Salaams Brother Irving,

    Hearty Congratulations to you and your family!!!
    May Allah(swt) protect our lovely angel and guide her in His Loving Kindness. Ameen

  17. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    beautiful news matched by a beautiful poem, may happiness surround you all as brightly coloured butterflies.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  18. Suroor says:

    Salaam dear Irving

    Congratulations! When I was born my Abi wrote me a poem. I still have it. He absolutely LOVED Mariam and I know exactly how you must feel right now. Little girls are such a blessing. Congratulations once again. I’m so weepy now.

  19. yunir says:

    Congratulations Irving.
    Very happy to hear good tidings for you.

  20. seeker94 says:

    Congratulations! How absolutely wonderful! Alhamdulillah!

  21. Maliha says:

    Salamaat dear Darvish,
    how beautiful! Mabrook and thanks for the heartfelt and touching poem. Mashaallah; the little girl is lucky to have you as a grandpa :)

  22. kevin says:


    that is wonderful news, congradulations!

  23. nisa says:

    Salaams Br. Irving – Hey, Quinn is a pretty name!! I’m actually due in couple of months with my first! I still dont know what gender it is and i certainly dont have a final name. I seem to have a thing for names with the letter “z.” Zain, Zayd, Zahara.. I really like Roman and Romeo, as well as, Rumi and layla … but nothing feels just right. I wonder if that was the case with anyone else. I’m hoping once i see the baby the name will just pop up! or else, i’ll have to call he/she Jr. for a while. heh.

    thanks for the input!! :)

  24. Koonj says:

    Romeo? Puhleaze Irving, have mercy on the kids in the playground.

  25. Ya Haqq!

    Congradulations dear Brother Irving!

    Inshallah she will be butterfly of divine Malakut.

  26. Quinn says:

    Thank you Grandpa! My Mama is pasting this poem in my scrap book along with all the pretty blessings. :)


  27. aiman says:

    Masha’Allah congratulations brother Irving.

    Great poem.

  28. musicalchef says:

    Wow, congratulations! Will there be pictures?

  29. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Once again, and for Quinn also, I thank you for the kind words and good wishes :) Picutes will be up as soon as I get one onto this old computer.

    Ya Haqq!

  30. Tasmiya says:

    Congratulations dear brother!

    MashaAllah such a beautiful poem and I hope to see pictures of your granddaughter very very very very soon.

    *hint hint*

  31. Samaha says:


    So beautiful!

  32. isaiah says:


    Peace & blessings,

  33. serenity says:

    Such a beautiful poem. Even as an adult woman, I read this and I am that little girl again.

    Thank you.

    peace be with you.

    And a great big CONGRATULATIONS!

  34. Umm Yasmin says:

    I know I am a bit belated writing this, but masha’Allah – mabruk! Many many congratulations. I pray the little one has a life filled with much health and happiness and the blessings of the Beloved! Ameen.

  35. Danya says:

    Mubarak :)

  36. Bumbo Baby says:

    Alhamdulillah..Babies are mandate from Allah that we must treat with care and affection. Hopefully your granddaughter became a sholeh and devotion to religion, parents, family, homeland and nation. amiin.

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