Saturday, April 11, 2009


the Prophet said daughters are a mercy from Allah
so i prayed for a future in ribbons
come to me, my daughter
in the name of the secrets of Hawwa
Maryam, Khadija, Amina, Fatima, Hajira
I name you Kausar, the river of plenty in Paradise
Daria, queen of Persia
Nura, light of the universe
my universe of frilly socks and jewels
daughters today, mothers of civilisations tomorrow

but she hides in the night sky
in an armour of stardust
holding on tight to galaxies and novas
i'm scared, amma
they will make me cry when you're away
like they do you and your sisters today

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