Joy in the Morning

Each new day we are given
Is a blessing from God

Each breath at waking
A new beginning

Take nothing for granted
Time and fortune are fleeting

Each exhalation
May be your last

O Friend, breathe deeply
In the morning light

The rise and fall of your lungs
Is the body’s prostration

The prayer of life
Invoking His name

All-ah! All-ah!

– Irving Karchmar, © September 2008

19 Responses to Joy in the Morning

  1. pbsweeney says:

    One cannot help but breathe with this poem and weep for its beauty. Thank you for this extraordinary peace this morning, oh beloved.

  2. Achelois says:

    “Each new day we are given
    Is a blessing from God”

    How true! Mashallah you are blessed with the power of the pen, dear brother.

  3. Umm Ibrahim says:

    Salam… a very beautiful poem brother – thank you for sharing your work. :)

  4. musicalchef says:

    Beautiful! I think we should all print it out and read it when we wake up.

  5. Barbara says:

    Beautiful dearest Irivng! I just happened to stumble on the wordless movie, “Baraka” on youtube this morning and what you’ve written here matches up so well with that beautiful movie.

    Blessings to you and yours

  6. Umm Bilal says:

    Assalamu alaikum
    Wassalamu alaikum

  7. Maithri says:

    Beautiful, Beautiful!!!

    Dearest brother, your words fill my heart with light and the breath of hope,

    What a gift you are to us all,

    With reverent love, Maithri

  8. Ruth says:

    I like this breathing meditation – I can really feel how the inbreath and the outbreath form the sounds.

  9. Diane says:

    Dear Irving,
    I’m so thankful for your website and your kind words you’ve left for me.

    What a reminder this beautiful poem is to always rejoice in the dawn’s awakening and our connection with the Divine, always residing within us and surrounding us.
    Blessings to you!

  10. love.peace says:

    The rise and fall of your lungs
    Is the body’s prostration

    The prayer of life
    Invoking His name


  11. Shahrzad says:

    Ah thank you for this beautiful poem. Your posts always fill me with peace.. May God bless you in this holy month..

    Am going to breath deeply every morning :)

  12. brokenmystic says:

    I Love this poem. I pray that you are having a blessed and beautiful Ramadan.

    Also, thanks for commenting on my poem, but I’m a BROTHER, not a sister, lol.

  13. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving bhai

    Beautiful…. All-ah, All-ah!

    God’s love be with you always

  14. Hajar Alwi says:

    Assalamualaikum Irving,

    Surely this is another beautiful composition from you. ^

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  15. maji6 says:

    When you go to sleep,
    don’t expect to awake from your slumber
    You may find yourself lying in the grave.

    So before you close your eyes,
    take Allah’s pure name,
    free yourself of sin
    then close thine eyes.
    In Gods name do we Die and Live.

    Allah and Paradise are waiting on the other side.

    May Allah inscribe firdaus in our book of destiny. (ameen)

    ma salams.

  16. priya says:

    Beautiful dear brother…thanks for sharing.All-ah All-ah……

  17. Abdul Muneer says:

    Mashah Allah,
    My Shaykh tells the same thing to me! Make sure you are in Remembrance of Allah when you wake up. If it is not there, correct yourself. Only then you get out of bed.

    Your post also reminds me of the song ‘The Morning has broken’ by Yusuf Islam (then Cat Stevens)..

  18. Darvish50 says:

    My dear Irwin,

    I enjoyed your poem my blessed Brother . Appearantly we share the same lifestyle and I hope not the same illness (myasthenia gravis). While true and beautiful, your ending left me earning for more. I was expecting a mention of the rise of Virgo in between dawn and dusk if not the irrelevance of time. May all prayers be answered.


  19. Rabu says:

    Al-lah! Al-lah! it’s very beautiful dear broter

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