Poem: If I Were a Middle-Aged Angel

Sunlight shining through trees onto a forest path

By Wael Abdelgawad | IslamicSunrays.com

If I were a middle-aged angel
wearing holy hi-tops and shining with light
placing every foot right
my hands never shaking
never having to recline the seat in the car
and close my eyes, just sit there
breathing, my heart quaking,
trying to figure out what to do next,
how to fix the wreck that is my life –
then I wouldn’t need the light
of the Most High. I wouldn’t need
to fall to my knees and pray,
always for someone else first –
my father, daughter, Syria –
then for myself, for true love twice,
the illusion of security –
knowing it’s an illusion I still crave it –
and for Paradise.

– April 27, 2017
Fresno, California

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at AbolishTorture.com. He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , Read 266 articles by
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  1. María M says:

    La Paz sea contigo, Wael, todo lo creado proviene de Dios , todo se postra ante El porque en primera y última instancia pertenece a El, aún cuando no haya consciencia de ello.
    A veces se hace difícil la vida, y cuánto más difícil , mayor es la necesidad de volvernos hacia El. Busca ejemplo en los Profetas (saw), ellos son puente directo hacia El. A veces aunque sepamos que hay que hacer es como si colgara un gran peso de nuestros hombros que no nos deja llegar, da gracias por el desorden, da gracias por el peso, da gracias por todo, pide perdón y ayuda para perdonarte porque a veces la vida pesa, ,…Ama incondicionalmente, abre tu corazón, permite que entre la Luz y te guíe. Sube por encima de este mundo polarizado y encuentra una vez más lo que es Real y Verdadero.
    Que la Paz de Dios sea en ti y en todos.

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