An-Nur Al-Ain: Somewhere Greater
Somewhere greater, the meaning of life
has been written like a palindrome; night
is about tensing meditations: look at palms
from a full day’s labour, serving favours
is a close equivalent to lifting jagged
pebbles in coarse handle-less shovels.
Ask the day-cestrum of the dew it must
forego, and of the moon-blooming lotus
floating on calm plates of an aqua-earth
how bodies lumber on encumbered calves
of that which goes unspoken. Come armed
with stories, your chest behind a shield
of transparency, heaving to the universe’s
rippling rhythms, cooing like a forest
flower beneath sheets of ash-clouds;
somewhere greater calls from within,
give rise to the ghost trying to break
free. Dawn is the coastguard, your
sails independent way-finders.
Sheikha A. is from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Her work appears in a variety of literary venues (both magazines and anthologies), the links of which are kept as records at her blog sheikha82.wordpress.com. She has recently co-authored a digital chapbook entitled Nyctophiliac Confessions through Praxis Magazine Online.