the cave


the cave

darkness yawns to claim
and hold the heart of nations
deep in suspension.

the cave masters

great depths of darkness
can never measure up to
grand spirit of man.

© said sadain, jr.  2018

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has it come to this? a world
that wobbles on its heels
and stands still to try
a futile balancing act.

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Abdul, on the eve of an ambush


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Abdul, on the eve of an ambush

a rifle rests in my arms for now
steel chilling the bones which ache
for the children and the wife in my mind
and the maddening smell of morning rice
as in a dream along my nape
covered with hungry hair.

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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.


the Masjid an-Nabawi surrounded by its wide piazza, its giant umbrellas still folded in the early morning. photography by ssj

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a tense life


 a Cordyline species red-fruited palm lily. photography by ssj, 2013

a tense life
against a calm sky,
a clear day,
but only for a while.

© said sadain, jr. 2013

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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 sleep a blink (assuming you would also be in that parallel universe). But no, I am in this universe, where I stop for red lights and sleep like a log, and blog in a most laconic way. And you, probably amused by now about what, if ever, may have happened to that book project I wrote about here a few times last year.

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this is water




image by Comfreak at

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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