My Words

Understanding the World through words

Tag: Intellect

What Happened?-Poem

What happened to the glory of Islam;
to the scholars and poets of your
Golden Age?

Avecina your children despise you.
Ibn Zaydun your offspring mock you.

Darkness has fallen and
intolerable hatred grips the nations
in a desperate stranglehold.

Your mighty intellect and
ease of words have been
dashed to pieces.

What’s left?

Only ignorance
intolerance, and
a distant memory
of your glorious past.

Bloody and stillborn,
Your handmaidens
wail in the streets
pulling out their hair in
desperation.

Swayed by violence—
you dance to the beat
of bullets and bombs.

Sorrowed by the
graves you’ve produced.
None of your children say:

Our architecture was the splendor of the West
Our ingenuity and physicians cured the masses
Our poets inspired European’s best
We were the gate to the Renaissance—

In the name of Allah, the merciful
this shame needs to end!

Shards Of Love pg. 35

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I love
Licking
the words
from your pages,
María.

Your insights
and characteristically
facetious tone
when dealing with
academic facts
are the
sweetest candy
to my piercing
Brown-eyes.

I savor your
words in my
mouth.
Turning them
over like
a slow
roasted
lamb.

If only my
faculties
could
remember
them
all.

Instead,
I have
re-read
them
from time
to
time.

Just to
get my
Intellect
full
one more
time.

When you
ironically,
describe
what constitutes
Moving-
from
medieval
to
modern
times,

I just
want to
kiss
your
Delicate
and Subtle
mind.