Morning After Mourning A Poem by Morning After Mourning

A quiet appeal, whispering, waking,
Attempting to relieve the self-inflicted aching,
Heavy with sleeplessness, I reject any reckoning,
Of my conscience, beckoning, beckoning, beckoning.

But the attempts of the devil to leave me immobilized
Are weaker than the guilt that has me hypnotized,
And in that split second, I open my eyes.
My soul kindles a flame, summons me to follow,
Says, “Leave not the grieving for tomorrow.”

The blanket of stars, ever luminescent, I am brought under,
By the destroyer of pleasures that wakes me from slumber.
I breathe steadily, my heart beats readily,
As midnight’s brevity tests my integrity.

Lips trembling, thoughts assembling, as I stand before my Lord,
Evil disheveled; the pain resembles the nature of the blessed words.
The chambers of my heart beat to a quickening pace,
As tears of remorse reverse my mistakes.
The somber sorrow dissolves the pain;
I feel it closer, closer than my jugular vein.

Weakness overcomes me when the sun begins to rise,
Gravity pulls me down; in the place of prostration, I lie.
The sky is brightening, the weather, warming.
Serenity befalls on the morning after mourning.


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  • http://www.muslimyouthmusings.com/ Arif Kabir

    Great work on the poem; I found the imagery to be very strong and realistic.

    The title reminded me of “Silent Mourning“, which was also a play on morning and mourning :)

  • http://azizooooo.blogspot.com Aziza

    Beautiful as always Sabera, MashAllah.
    I am becoming quite a fan of your poetry and the way you describe what we all feel but sometimes cannot put into words. :)

  • B

    This is incredible, mashAllah.
    I can’t wait to read more from you, sister Sabera!

  • Ruqaiyya Maryam

    This is amazing! Truly love the way you’ve captured everything so well.
    Looking forward to reading more of your work :)

  • Anonymous

    Masha Allah! Awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/fatimahwaseem Fatimah Waseem

    Every line and every word in your poems seem to fall in the right place. Such calculated rhythm, such great flow, and such a powerful voice, mashaAllah. 

  • RZ

    Love it mashaAllah. <3

  • Guest

    BARAK-ALLAHU FEEKI!! Blessed are those who share in this experience. May Allah SWT reward you, and increase your blessings, ameen.

    • Zainab Ahsan

      Summa ameen!

  • Zainab Ahsan

    Subhan Allah! BarakAllah feekum sis <3…your words struck the depths of my being…Allah hu Akbar…closer than my jugular vein…!