Note and Soul Questions

Note to Readers:

Alhamdulillah, God be praised, that during this blessed month of Ramadan (and ‘Eid Mubarak!), I’ve completed my treatment and spent the time, while most Muslims have been not eating, trying and sometimes forcing myself to eat! The two weeks after the end of chemo and radiation seem to have been the hardest (I was clobbered), but on my birthday, July 30th, Allah presented me with an opening to think that I’d actually feel better, and I was able to swallow and take some enjoyment in food, losing about forty pounds in the meantime. After a kind of general numbness, I’ve begun transcribing some of the poems written during treatment, and will begin posting them again, insha’Allah. Thank you for your good thoughts and prayers.

Here’s the first:


Do the soul’s arms hang
down at its sides?

Do the soul’s legs
extend down from its hips?

Do the soul’s eyes
float above sea level?

Do they see to the ends of
creation and scan the great

globe of its ethereal atmospheres?

Does the soul’s nourishment
enter the mouth and circulate

among its delicious caverns?

Are the soul’s lengths and
breadths and widths the

whole sky’s peak and oceans’

Are the creatures of the soul as
familiar with us as

we are with ourselves?

Do the cries of the soul
reverberate inside God’s Throne

and come back merciful music?

Does the rain of the soul
wet grasses and delicate

tips of cypress trees?

Is the soul in the shadow of a
doorway and

sunlight along a fence?

Eyes of the soul meet
eyes of the one soul

and do they fill with
tears of recognition and

uttermost familiarity?

Does the soul go
out across expanse

and continue in endlessness?

Does the soul’s heart beat with the
same heartbeat our

bodies have harbored since before we were

Or is the soul’s heartbeat now
God’s heartbeat

that is no heartbeat we can know?

Will we see the wasteland below us
and the Glad Land before us?

Is air the skin of the soul
and Light its soul

recalling it back to itself
to send out its pulse

where we have never
gone before?

Eyes open wide
the soul’s deep inner abode

its alive abiding?
6/9 (from Down at the Deep End)

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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3 Responses to Note and Soul Questions

  1. Brian Sammond says:

    Best of luck in recovery, Daniel.

    My sister-in-law has to tell her mom, who has diabetes, to eat during Ramadan, so you are not the only one making exceptions, certainly, and for a good reason.

    My sister went through chemo/radiation as well, and you have to keep up your weight.

    My thoughts go with you.



  2. Salaama Brian:
    Allah’s Mercy is conformable with our situations, and it was my Muslim doctor Ali who said, “I hope you’re not going to fast this year…” and I was heading down to 135 lbs at that point. May His Mercy extend to your sister and sister-in-law, and all of us in need of it, which is of course all of us, and always. Thanks for your comment and good thoughts.


  3. Faizah says:

    Salaama Sidi Abdal-Hayy,
    I read in your collection, “Ramadan is Burnished Sunlight” the poem “Ramadan is a Gorgeous Chorus” –

    Ramadan has freed us and it’s for
    us to remain in this concentrated

    state now for Allah’s sake alone
    eating the grapes of unity and sipping

    its wine in every weather of
    satisfaction with HIs

    Impeccable Decree.

    Amin, Sidi, in every weather. Thank you for showing us how.
    Eid Mubarak!


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