Dear Reader

Dear Reader


I’m averse to drawing attention to physical ailments, but since a bit before writing God of the Sliver I‘ve been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for base-of-tongue cancer, and poems have come in their fashion by Allah in the way my last year’s Ramadan is Burnished Sunlight poems came, that I posted here almost daily as they came. I’ve been debating whether to do the same with these poems during treatment, with some days naturally skipped, as standing with my Ecstatic Exchange “mission statement” (above below the blog title), and the truthfulness and usefulness of what comes through poetry in ease times and times of crisis. Our physical frailties and hopes and rope-holding to Allah’s Mercy in every situation being true for all of us, and with that in mind perhaps some of these poems may resonate, insha’Allah. So with your indulgence, the first two poems below in reverse order are the first, with Good Cheer Among the Cynics now placed as the third in its proper order as received.

I appreciate and thank you for your readership and your prayers. As the Prophet Muhammad said, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, “Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free-time before your preoccupation, and your life before your death.”

Faced with a dire illness, I find a certain urgency in expression. But insha’Allah, I fully intend and pray to “foreclose” on these inside cellular interlopers, and live to tell the tale as their own tails recede and vanish quite away, all if Allah so deems. We come from Him, are His alone, and to Him we return.

Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore


Good Cheer came and
sat among the cynics

“What evidence do you have?” they asked
putting on snarl cougar masks and

long piggy moose faces

“None that you can see” sang Good Cheer
“though it land on you like a piano”

They sat still as a piano landed on them
proof of their position

even though it was playing a
gorgeous new sonata

“That darkness we see
lays on us like gabardine”
they chanted


“The darkness you see is only
a play of light”
sang back Glee

There’s no end to this drama and the
back and forth between them

and the cynics have convincing
evidence on their side it’s true

but when the dust clears
do you see ruins or new shapes

and can anything God brings be

Even though the angels who bring things
look like they’ve been stung by wasps and

beaten up by psychopaths?

Conceive of a world
through this one

better than this one

Live in it

Stretch out your hand

and decorate it with
fairy lights

for all our own and
your own

5/11 (from Down at the Deep End, in progress, insha’Allah)

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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11 Responses to Dear Reader

  1. omart says:

    May Allah bless you with good health, ameen!


  2. Nimah Nawwab says:

    You have and continue to be in soul felt and heart felt prayers Sidi Daniel, may all be eased ya Rab, ya Mujeeb.. Hearing every poem brings much in terms of deep thought provoked, and another link in the silsila of your work ma sha Allah…as you continue the journey onward with grace. God bless you and your loved ones


  3. Jazakallah and alhamdulillah for your prayers and kind words. The roller coaster continues… and the sky is a silvery blue.


  4. Katharina Harlow says:

    Salaam dear brother Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore. Thank you for your magnificent poetry. May Allah heal you and restore your health.


  5. I find myself amongst the multitudes who pray for you! Such good company! Allah loves you, Bro!


  6. Michael K. Scott says:

    Thank you Dear Abdel Hayy for such cheer and inspiration, and for the five sound reminders, from the heart of your present ordeal, about which I (we) were unaware. We are strengthened and awakened by your words, and your voice. God’s blessings shall bolster this fortitude, inshallah.


  7. Barbara Flaherty says:

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your poems of this time in your life which can only be a benefit for us, your readers. May Allah bless you in every way, may His amazing will be done in your life, may Allah’s mercy and compassion fill you and those around you and all of us.


  8. Umm Bilal says:

    Salam Dear Sidi Daniel, may your gifted pen also be ’decorated with fairy lights’ as you bravely face what has been written by the Master’s Pen. Prayers for courage and health being offered close to our Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam,
    Wassalamu alaikum


  9. Novid Shaid says:

    Sayyidi Abdul Hayy, may Allah Most High give you a complete recovery and good health and afiya in this world and the next. May your words continue to breathe some fresh air and summon a sense of timelessness and stillness for us and give you great reward for your works. Our prayers are with you sidi! Was salaam


  10. Faizah says:

    Salam ‘alaikum, Dear Sidi Abdal-Hayy,
    Sidi, you sent a boomerang flying into space – on it were written words so Light and filled with Allah, images that are understood by all humanity such as salmon leaping back to his/her Source, never giving up. Alhamdulillah, the boomerang touched many along its way, me included and I pray that the blessings you winged to us return to you manyfold through constellations and continents.
    Sending you prayers, and much love for you, Sayyida Malika and your family.


  11. Abdurrahman says:

    Dear Brother you are in so many people’s prayers here in Morocco. Thank you for looking at what we all must look at and telling us about it with such beauty. Yaa Hayy, Yaa Qayyuum! Laa ilaaha illaa Anta!
    Much love to you and Sayyida Malika.


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