Assalam alaikum wr , people.
It’s a time of great transition for me Mashallah, as I prepare to leave behind the city I grew up in and move to a new life with a new person Insha Allah.
It reminds me of a poem I wrote, oh, seven years ago now, when I graduated from high school and said goodbye to my classmates. We’re all scattered around the world now and I often wonder if we’ve ever got as close to the friends we’ve made in our adult life.
Class of ’03
We would live forever.
Claws, wits, tongues
ephemeral feminine muscles
a forest of thorns
the infinite depth of a melted-steel ocean
all the cartoon heroes
Bring your own super-power.
They collided like
muddy monster trucks.
Desire, dismay, the debris of a shattered childhood
prerogative, post-male syndrome, pre-marital relations
muggers and the lack of spiritual mace.
Smell the soggy pillows
the petulant chemicals.
We shared years of unlearning.
the vestiges of broken pedestals
swept into corners and under rugs
bleeding for the last time
We staggered out
As the sunrise began to dry.
Perhaps as the shadows lengthen in an old Spanish port,
As the sun begins to fall in Manhattan,
As the walls begin to sweat in Mumbai,
As the streets begin to empty in Moscow…
We will catch a glimpse of the faded blue rapture
of fleeting immortality