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As-Salaam-Alaikum

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Arabic Words I Know

Bismillah

The spider crouches in the bathtub

lurking, all eight hairy legs

and too many eyes.

How did it get there?

Absailing down the windowsill

Hurrying in from the rain?

It does not mean to frighten anyone

though looking at it curls my toes.

I am Ozymandias, fool spider,

look upon me and shudder

while I pick up a slipper

lay it in the bathtub

and let you crawl inside

to the very tip

of the toe

then put it gently

outside my bedroom window

in the shelter of

an oleander plant

out of the rain.

 

Inshallah

There is bread on my table

today.

My family is with me

today.

Random acts of kindness will happen

today.

Beautiful souls will be born

today.

I will not get angry

today.

The sun may show itself

at some point

today.

The spider will crawl

out of my slipper

and weave a web

in the oleander plant

today,

Inshallah.

 

Mashallah

Night falls peaceable.

The air is wet with

autumn dew,

heavier

than in summer.

It graces the spider’s web

with watery jewels.

A moon, gibbous,

hanging like a ripe pear

sun’s blush upon its

cheek

lights your way home.

Dinner waits for you;

it tastes better when

we eat together.

Your step at our front door

rouses the dogs.

They rush to greet you,

I am slower than they are.

I say, “I’m glad you’re home.”

You say, “I love you.”

and all is well.