Ordinary grains of sand
Churning in the lap of the mighty ocean
Playing age old game of hide and seek!
One such grain, black and unnoticed
Hides in a cocoon of softness,
Enjoying seclusion!

The cocoon cries at this invasion
its privacy violated
Rejecting unsuccessfully this foreign feeling
shrouding it with its tears
And closes its mouth

Years and decades later this same shell
Opens its mouth,
and the eye of the beholder
Gasps ~~~

The lustrous pearl
lying within the shell
Reminds of the ordinary, becoming extraordinary.

ZSA April 4th 2014. NPM



About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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9 Responses to EXTRAORDINARY

  1. Humor_Me_Now says:

    You are a true poet. Lovely poem and profound truth.

  2. digitalgranny says:

    I followed the link and watched the video on how a pearl is formed and then came back and read your poem.
    Beautifully said and I also thought about how our children are raw pearls and how we help form them into the polished, beautiful, individuals they are today.
    Such lovely words come from you to all who read your poetry and Ty so very much for sharing.

  3. Wonderful poem 🙂

  4. What a great video!
    Your poem reminds me that each living thing is extraordinary.
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  5. digitalgranny says:

    yes each day is special and as we live and learn, we become more polished like the pearl.
    Love your poem and the video.
    Hope you are well and that your whole family is.
    How are those adorable grandsons of yours?

  6. Happy Mother’s Day to you and all the Moms you know! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  7. Zakiah says:

    Same to you Carolyn. Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

  8. cjjustice1 says:

    I just discovered that you are over here as well. This poem is one of my favorites of yours (of course there are many of yours that I love)! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. HUGS & Love.

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