2 Poems: Fast / Heart & Soul


Puppets can’t break their fast
through their painted mouths

Rocks can be said to be
fasting forever

Mountain “fastnesses” are a kind of
stronghold or fortress

Colors are fast that never
cut and run

The Ramadan fast goes by day by
sometimes-uphill-day anything but


though if we fasten ourselves to it
it seems to go faster

and with an “e” thrown in for
“effort” we can look

forward to a feast

and so faithfully fulfill our
22 Ramadan


If all my poems seem to end up in the
same place it’s because I

also want to end up there
grateful to God and

showered by the bliss of His Face

Starting from a shadow say cast by an
alleyway in Chinatown on a dark

Wednesday or off a ship say in Nova Scotia
smelling of codfish and sea brine or

landing in Rome hoping to visit the
languorous green vineyards of Tuscany

but moving forward in the time left to us
which might be decades or ten seconds only

each footstep a compass point pinpoint on our
still unrolling map with its

expectancies and definite concisions
leaving some slack time or clenching it

tighter for God’s own utterly precise
pinpointed compass pointing

to which we can only happily concede

always going with His sweet Will and
little of our own with eyes open and

His name and deep destination
always on our lips heart and soul

or when we suddenly remember having
momentarily dreamed our little life away

to get back to it

with forward lunge and straight shot
heading out both heart and soul to seek

His fortune and its plenitudes and
none of our own or only

as much of “our own” as will
help in the project

to get us there
23 Ramadan

About danielabdalhayymoore

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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One Response to 2 Poems: Fast / Heart & Soul

  1. Abdurrahman says:

    I love that “e” for effort in “Fast” and the shades of this word you bring out in this poem. Apparently the verb Saam, (fast) meant in the most ancient Arabic “to be still, motionless,” so “saamat al-riyaah” =”the winds grew still”). That’s also kind of what’s happening — fast to slow down. I heard a podcast in the “On Being” series that had the Dalai Lama, a priest, a rabbi and Sayyed Hussein Nasr discussing happiness where someone said, “Sometimes we need to stop “pursuing happiness” and just let it catch up with us,” to which Nasr said, “That’s what Ramadan is.”

    In “Heart and Soul”, the I found lines, “but moving forward in the time left to us which might be decades or ten seconds only,” and “or when we suddenly remember having momentarily dreamed our little life away to get back to it” very powerful. This is the second time in my life I’ve fasted in August — and this is probably not going to happen a third, wa LLahu a’lam….

    Thank you always dear brother for these jewels. (When I read about the recent astronomical discovery of a “diamond planet”, I thought immediately of you!). Salams.


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