Tasbih

A Muslim pilgrim prays on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

the tasbih
were made
by Naimah;
they sit
like Sunday shoes
too beautiful
to wear;
like a favorite scarf
for
mosque
only.
striking colors
and curious textures
unfamiliar to
the simplicity
of touch.
strung,
each bead,
with purpose
and love;
i have not fully
accepted
their gifting…
rather i reserve them
for a finer duty
somehow
and move through
my fingers
my old pedestrian
beads
that have seen
tears
and heard
my voices
in the silence
that surrounds
the seeker
in
her
quest.

©Linda Tauhid
17 Ramadan

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