Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Careless words

Careless words, once spoken, cannot be recaptured.
Careless words sow seeds of doubt and set to work on the mind,
Unobserved, influencing thoughts and actions in unimaginable ways.
How I wish you could take those words back,
Undo the damage you did,
My well-meaning friend who spoke before thinking.
But it’s too late.
What’s done is done.
What can I do but smile ruefully,
Watch as the consequences of those careless words
Steamroll through,
Flattening the bright blossoms and the unfurling buds,
Leaving everything in their muddy wake soiled, bruised?

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Time and Tide

W-Q-T… if we took the time,
S-B-R… if we had the patience,
H-M-L… if we had the forebearance
What a different world this would be.

Al-Waqt… muda, boundless but limited;
As-Sabr… subira, with countless promises and zero guarantees;
At-Tahammul… ustahimilivu, the strength to bear burdens and the consequent knee buckling,
Would they have made such a difference?

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