Poem: Nothing, Only Love

Green leaves and sunlight

Nothing, Only Love

He comes to you with barbs in his skin
and blood on his cheek.
He comes with eyes of loam and gold.
He comes to you again and again,
as a youth and a man.
He has never forgotten you.

He comes with burns on his back
but standing straight,
hiding his scars and his shame,
wearing a half-thawed grin.
He has never stopped thanking you.

He comes with no answers,
with nothing, only love,
a heart like a sun,
and a soul like an African rain.
Will you open your arms to him

and hold him so tightly
that when you let go
he falls down laughing
happy to be alive,
happy to be a father and a man,

happy for you
and for the first time, years ago
that he heard your voice
like the whisper
of a summer wind?

– Wael Abdelgawad, 10-21-2011

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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
4 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MuratM says:

    Mash Allaah ___ i read it ___
    itz like i see the scene happening in front of me !¬!
    but it makes me wonder ::::
    this Person === Young & Old…stands for whattt ??
    The father…NO!!!
    well…i say …a True Friend ??
    __ right???

    • wael says:

      It means whatever it means to you. It could be about someone’s faith in Allah; or someone who has loved a person all his life; or as you say, a true friend.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Heartfelt and beautiful…

  3. Faith says:

    I feel it hinting the message of a deep paternal unconditional love for his child.. 🙂



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