Poem for Muhsinah

you came

that time

to celebrate

with

us,

the sister-girls,

over food in abundance

on a Sunday morning

with

your subtle sense of

humor

and demure manner;

being serious,

but deeply understanding

the absurd.

i did not know

your whole life

there is no need

we are given swatches

of each other’s lives

small pieces

to absorb

and

savor.

that small moment

of largess

when i came

to you.

your soul still shined

within your

belittled body.

what else is there

to speak of but

Quran?

…to sip the

water

from the blessed Spring

and speak

His Holy Names.

i have

joined you

in your journey

being sound and assured

that mine,

as all of ours

is at hand;

that we tread

the same road

you

being our teacher

and hopefully

a welcomer

and

a guide.
Linda Tauhid

©9/3/15

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