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The Umbrellas of Madinah

For this post, allow me to share with my blogging community glimpses of an unlikely world that you, dear reader, may not normally find yourself in: the Masjid an-Nabawi (or Prophet’s Mosque) of Madinah al-Munawwarah (the Enlightened City) in Saudi Arabia. It … Continue reading

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a tense life

a tense life against a calm sky, a clear day, but only for a while. © said sadain, jr. 2013 Notes:  A Tense Life: Past tense. Present tense. Future tense? Both Cordyline and Cycas plants were found thriving abundantly on … Continue reading

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Peculiar Speed of the 5-7-5s

In a parallel universe, I would have been a prolific writer, churning out, day and night, streams of  prose and poetry, and kilometric reams of novels and essays, you would wonder if I ever stop for anything, if I ever … Continue reading

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this is water

    this is water this is water we must learn to love while it embraces us beneath our skins and with our best to keep it pure lest we forget to swim and drown in sins.

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The Tempest

The Tempest It looms on the horizon riding the back of waves raising sails in ashen canvas that can only burst to spread fury and fire rains and dancing dervishes. It draws in breath to still the air so that … Continue reading

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a sun song

a sun song sun lifts from beneath steel wings of anxiety, pensile promises.

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The Hard Lane

the hard lane there are fast lanes that do not wait, we either get crushed, or get there sooner, or we can stand by to see the rush, and think of falling, and rising water.

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