Little Acts – Hour 19

Maybe it’s joining a demonstration
Setting aside some money
Signing a petition
Sharing a post
Writing and essay
Or even a poem

It’s when the little acts come together as one
That’s how you build a movement
That’s how you break the boundaries between us
That’s how you communicate across languages
When challenges seem too great
My community as one we shall conquer it.

Midnight Sky – Hour 18

I left the party early
I had eaten, danced, and laughed
Stolen enough glances and broken into enough smiles
I was spent
It was time to escape the noise
So I walked into the darkness outside
Laid back against the grass
And with the music and laughter fading into the distance
I stared up into space
The stars here are unlike anywhere I had ever seen
It was the first thing I noticed when I first arrived here in the night
I promised myself I would find some time
Make a date with the night sky
It blinked and sparkled back at me
My eyes ate up all it could see
Perhaps the others thought I went to sleep
But here I was under the night sky
A moment to remember
My sense of wonder
And marvel at the universe
Just me and the night sky.

If We Hadn’t Invented Guns – Hour 17

I wonder what it was like
On the day we replaced swords with guns
Did we expect the number of deaths that would result
When murder was made possible with the pull of a trigger
The push of a button
Did we expect the fighting to end quicker
Or perhaps wreak less destruction
I doubt it’d be much different
If we hadn’t invented guns.

Cherish – Hour 16

Each one a sense of hope and promise
Each one a blissful fantasy
How many petals must be plucked before it lasts?
This rose is starting to look skinny

One brought me assurance of my self
One gave me company
One showed me a world of possibilities
One pushed me to aim for the stars
Each boy an intense epiphany
I cherish our friendship, however brief

But alas, the selection process is harsh
By one way or another it wasn’t meant to be
So I leave each one of you my poetry
The words I left unsaid
When they could’ve mattered
Words thought best kept unread
Till I finally was free
Of the crushing grasp you held over me

If it takes all my petals
I must go on
And find the one.

I Wish I Could Fly – Hour 15

I’ve always wished I could fly
Soar above the clouds with my wings spread wide
In childhood dreams I would kick my feet together and float up and up
Watching as the world was shrinking below me

It’s different in an airplane
Your biggest concern is always where you’ll be sitting
Who or what will be to your left and right
Hoping you’ll be able to fall asleep at the right time and duration

But some things are the same
The excitement from racing down the runway and lifting off
Grasping onto the seat like you might fall off
The world below getting smaller like zooming out on Google Earth
And finding yourself above the soft, fluffy white clouds
Windows of opportunity to catch a glimpse of lands you’d never visit
The beautiful waves of sand dunes in the Middle Eastern desert
As I zoom from one end of the globe to the other
To visit my grandfather.

The Call Of The Wild – Hour 14

She yelled at me to come
To run to her arms wide open
To spread my wings by her side
To bathe in her sensations
When I was a child
But I was taught to fear her and her dark secrets
What terrors does she hide?
I am too young and weak to be with her
I must wait till I grow strong

I am no child no longer
I have denied her call a thousand times
Now she barely whispers
I am no longer afraid
But I am no longer excited either
I run to her searching for the salvation she promised
But all I hear is the sound of my own helpless voice
Still, she takes me in
Still, the wilderness gives me quiet respite
From the chaos of civilisation
As Robin Wall Kimmerer said,
“The land knows you,
Even when you are lost.”

Stand At The Ready – Hour 13

Five times a day
Sometimes more
I stand at the ready
To salute my Lord
I recite his poetry
Reminding myself of his words of advice
Then I reach deep down
And loosen the valve
I confide in Allah
And ask for guidance in all that I do
Then I make a verbal tribute to a time when heroes led us
Let their legacy continue to bring light to this world
I end by acknowledging the angels by my side
When the day comes
I shall let them defend my case
One, two, three, four, five times a day
Sometimes more
I stand at the ready to salute my Lord.

Adulthood – Hour 12

So, you’re an adult now
All the years past have led you to this moment
Congratulations
Now here’s the million other things you need to do
To have a meaningful and happy life
Don’t panic
You have plenty of time
But there’s no time to waste
You can’t mess up now
Your training wheels have been taken off
But it’s okay to make mistakes now and then
Just make sure to bounce back like a champion
You have to be independent now
No longer in the nest
But make lots of friends that can boost your climb
Only geniuses can go this alone
But don’t be too trusting
You never know who might have sinister agendas
You’ll learn with time
But make sure to learn quickly
Yes, this is just the beginning.

Dune – Hour 11

I’ve dreamt of this moment
The hundreds of ways I would get here
From the day I gazed out the airplane window
Now I am finally here
At the highest point I stand
The sun blazing against my scalp
The glorious expanse in front of me
Waiting for me to jump into it
I take in a breath of the dry hot air
I look down at the path ahead of my
I let me right foot hover in space
And I let myself go
Rolling down a sand dune to its base
It was lit!

War is Inevitable – Hour 10

What is war?
That horrible event we fear so
God forbid I shall ever have to experience it
The destruction, pain and death
The injustice, anarchy and stress
What a cruel way to play out a political game

What is war?
A means to a transformative end
Freedom, justice, prosperity for all
Rewards worth dying for
The last promise of respite for the desperate
To ignite a paradigm shift for posterity
When any change is better than the status quo

Like any drama
War piques our interest
But only for a second or two
Most just last for too long
Too many seasons and plot twists
Reality reflected on overdrive
Many fight till they forget why they started fighting in the first place
Funding the greatest con in the history of the world
The belief that war is inevitable