Poem & Video: Drunk in Allah

(This video was shot on my daughter Salihah’s digital camera on May 22, 2011, at Bird & Beckett Bookstore in San Francisco, California.)

The drunk in Allah are
free from the roll of the dice

The drunk in Allah swim in the
mercy of His love

The drunk in Allah take both
roads at the fork

(and do so because they’re
drunk in Allah)

The drunk in Allah eat caviar when they
eat dry biscuits

drink the best vintage wine when they
sip water

They’re here hobnobbing with ants and
butterflies and converse at length with

the spider in her web

The drunk in Allah would never let on
they’re drunk in Allah unless they’re

drunk in Allah

They enter a hospital and come out
shaking like an invalid

enter an old people’s home and come out
the death of all of them

enter an orchestra and come out the
whistle on a garbage barge heading into

gray waters

The drunk in Allah have
one thing in mind put there

by Allah

Having given up themselves they’re
brought into sunlight like

washing set out to dry

They don’t do anything on their
own anymore

If a bricklayer hired them the
wall would be done in a flash

or it might take a year
or never

Drunk in Allah
___________________________
5/3/2010 (from In Constant Incandescence, The Ecstatic Exchange)

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Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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5 Responses to Poem & Video: Drunk in Allah

  1. abichica says:

    beautiful.. i really like the way i can feel the words you wrote.. 🙂

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  2. Novid Shaid says:

    Fabulous Sidi! I love the line “having given up themselves they’re /
    brought into sunlight like / washing set out to dry”- the dampness of all other than Allah dried out until it’s all clear with the warmth of nearness- truly beautiful, jazak Allahu kheiran!

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  3. happy froggy says:

    I love the line “The drunk in Allah take both roads at the fork”.
    Majestically and Beautifully expressed, what joy to listen to.
    Thank you so much for this tender,drunk in Allah, rendering, Sidi.

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  4. “The drunk in Allah eat caviar when they eat dry biscuits” A true example of appreciating such simplicity. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. Wonderful!

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  5. Faqirah says:

    This poem is a jewel I came upon by accident – a delight – a truth – a belly laugh – a tear. Thank you!

    I read your work and it gives me permission to experiment in my own scribbling poems with Allah.

    They don’t do anything on their
    own anymore

    If a bricklayer hired them the
    wall would be done in a flash

    or it might take a year
    or never

    Drunk in Allah

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