Sunday, September 02, 2007

nighttime

nighttime silent
i listen-
sounds of my breath
dawn alights
soaked in prayer
the night dissolves
mid-shabaan moon
lifted with prayers
all night

Note: shabaan is the current islamic month and the night of 14th shabaan holds special significance for muslims in terms of being a very holy night, it is spent in prayers till dawn.

All of the above are seperate haikus, different moments. they can be seen on their own or in unison, enjoy them however you like...:)

15 comments:

Theo said...

thank you for this glimpse into your ritual and journey.

Michele sent me.

I think i'll browse a while.

Janice Thomson said...

Oh I love all of these but am drawn back to the first one...it hits a chord somewhere deep. These are beautiful Gulnaz - each could stand on its own and yet they all fit together so well. Wonderful!

Id it is said...

I loved the the ambivalence of the second line in the second Haiku...
'soaked in prayer' the 'dawn that alights' or then the 'night that dissolves'? The reader is left to find his own meaning...sheer genius of composition.
Thanks for the heads up on 'shabaan'. How many months in the Islamic year?

floots said...

love these
especially the first
wonderful sense of solitude and calm

gulnaz said...

theo- thanks for visiting and for your kind words, i hope you enjoyed your stay. :)

janice thomson- thanks Janice! i am so glad you liked it...i was kind of trying to convey how such stillness is required to listen the various sounds of one's heart...kind of used the breath as a metaphor but it was actually a real moment and i have my slightly blocked sinus to thank for that...lol :)

id it is- thank you so much!!
the reason i used soaked in prayer was, for two reasons...prayers are often accomapanied with tears and the night was last week and its the rainy season...so..:)
thank you so much! and there are 12 months in the islamic calendar, its a lunar calendar.

floots- thank you!! it was that sense of serenity which sometimes comes when you are alone which i was going for. despite of being somebody who enjoy's people's company, i love spending time on my own and feel strange when i can't.

africanfragments said...

there's a serenity and thoughtfullness here gulnaz, lovely.the night of shabaan,ushers in the month of ramadaan,wish you and yours well over the fast.may it be as serene and uplifting as your words :)

gulnaz said...

african fragments- thank you rouhana! i too look forward to ramzan...even though i am a cranky faster but i like the sense of peace it brings...i think it comes with the cleansing of one's soul... i try to keep my soul clean but life gets in the way sometimes, but hey one keeps trying. glad you liked it, here is wishing you and yours all the best for the coming month.

irving said...

Lovely and really heart lifting :) May you always be soaked in prayer as the dawn alights.

Ya Haqq!

Kalyan said...

Lovely words...they are so mesmerising, as if you can really feel those calm, soft moments and the prayers in your heart...beautiful post!

gulnaz said...

irving- what a beautiful thing to say, thank you!!

kaylan- i am so glad that you were able to feel those emotions, it feels wonderful to be able to convey that.

Alok said...

you know why i love ur work ... it because u make me feel your words ... it touches your skin when you read those words ....

I am a little biased towards the second haiku, but then when i read all the three together, to put it in ur words it 'alights' my soul, instantaneously making me awe HIM for EVERYTHING ....

alok

Alien said...

Hi...

The second verse ... superb!!

gulnaz said...

alok- awww please come on!! thank you...you are too too kind! :))

alien- thank you...:)

Pushkar said...

sabaan or whatever u said..i dont know what it is..but sure must be bful moonnight..let me know when it is next

gulnaz said...

pushkar- :) thank you for visiting my blog.