IMG_4558What does it mean when we say we feel? Do you touch? Do you inhale? But we feel, we say. Why do we feel?

Is it because all of us, the entire humanity, share some part of a genome that enriches our feelings for each other? But what of the murderers? Do they feel? Do they cringe when some drops of blood splatters on their bodies when they are beheading innocent people?

Religion and politics, such strange bedfellows. One preaches and the other taunts. Why does one have the temerity to draw cartoons to insult other religions or prophets? Does that mean that the cartoonist instigates the cycle of murder? Would it not be better if people didn’t insult other religions, were tolerant to color and race, and smiled and loved? Would that be so difficult? Education, understanding, being cognizant of other faiths and beliefs is the greatest FEELING one can have. That sense embraces all humanity. It does not denigrate any one, and elevates all people into a different sphere of empathy.

I live in my soul. I love this soul of mine. I am not afraid of dying, but I am afraid of hurting others. I want to reach out to each and every one I know, and allow them to touch me, and let them feel these waves of soft energy that binds my form to my soul.


February 2015.

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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21 Responses to Feelings.

  1. Humor_Me_Now says:

    I am not very philosophical or a deep thinker.. I love reading your posts to get a taste of it.

    It is my opinion that it was extremely unwise to draw humorous cartoons of Islams cherished prophet.

    I can only assume that the Coptic Christians that are being beheaded is being done by religious zealots.

    I think the vast majority of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists (spelling?)etc are peace loving just wanting to raise families and life in peace.

    It is the small percentage that cause such havoc and cause world wars. I fear with the trouble brewing in the Middle East that something terrible is going to start.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Frank for this lovely comment. I agree with you. I don’t understand how any one can get high on drawing cartoons of religious leaders, and inciting violence.

  2. I think there isn’t enough education about the different cultures and religions. Underneath is all, we are simply humans with the same wants and needs.

  3. P.S. I hope you’re going to be taking some antibiotics or other medicine. This cold weather isn’t helping either.

    • Zakiah says:

      I am taking Abx and cough syrup. This dang cough is really sticking! But, I am glad it is me and not my children or grandchildren. I wish the weather would improve.

  4. I can feel the emotions behind your words. I have tears in my eyes. I really believe all of us (no matter our culture, age, religion, politics, language, etc.) want to be loved, understood, respected, acknowledged…and we want to live a life of peace and joy.
    Thank you for sharing your heart and your wisdom, SweetZ!
    I believe wise words can change lives for the better.
    How are you doing?!
    I’ve been battling a sinus infection…ugh.
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      I posted this on my facebook page also, and was so happy to see that my childhood pen pal who is Swedish and lives in Stockholm, had some generous words to say. I guess Lars, the Swedish cartoonist is not the hero there.
      Thank you for your gracious words Carolyn, always such sweetness from you. I have been going through the same fuzzy maze of sinus congestion, cough and stuff since I returned from FL last week. Bleh!

  5. j.e.glaze says:

    this is one of the many things we love about you, Zakiah.

  6. This is a great post. I wish everyone would get along and just respect each others cultures and beliefs.

  7. slmret says:

    Wonderfully written, Zakiah! I was taught that it’s impolite (for lack of a better word) to insult others. When the feelings of others are hurt, it causes me discomfort as well. Political cartoons can be fun (funny) when they are not hurtful — how did we get to the point that these days the pain seems to be what creates the humor? And how did we get to the point that “blame” must be attached to every criminal or violent act that goes way beyond any true relationship between the perpetrator and an entire religious or cultural group? Again, a very thoughtful piece, Zakiah — and my thoughts go out to you at each of these senseless acts!

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Janet,
      People like you, who are educated, and informed and sincere, can see the two sides of the coin. It is way beyond my understanding that others who are in big positions and are eccentric and mavericks to a fault.
      As you know, I do not like to discuss politics and religion, but every so often, the steam has to be let out.
      I thank you most sincerely, for your kind words. They mean a lot to me.

  8. sunsetdragon says:

    This world is such a beautiful place for us all to share and live in together. We could all be so much better off if we would simply accept each other and we could teach each other so much.
    If we could only just accept each other and work together to end those insane groups who kill and torture in the name of power and religion.
    I am not afraid to die either, but I am afraid for those who I leave behind.
    My soul cries of those who have to live under the umbrella of fear of being who they are, and who lie in fear of being grouped with the insanity of the world due to race, color, religion, etc.
    If I could wave a magic wand over the world and bring peace and acceptance i would, but I know this is not going to happen in my life time and I fear for those who will be left when I am gone.
    I fear there is really no answer.
    TY for this wonderful post and for sharing you thoughts and soul.

  9. Zakiah, you’re one of the nicest, warmest and loving bloggers I know. When you say “I am afraid of hurting others,” you really do put that into practice. I think it’s a good way to go about things 🙂

  10. rudyhou says:

    ‘i am not afraid of dying, but i am afraid of hurting others’ is exactly how i feel about and view on death. it makes me feel sad when i think about how it might impact my parents and those i whom care about, if i were to one day leave this earth.
    yes, wouldn’t it be lovely if the whole world knows no sense of superiority or hatred. with the life experiences i have lived, though still short, i come to believe and understand that it doesn’t matter how highly educated one is, it’s the influence of the society or the peers around you that help shape who you are as an individual, if you let them. so, we, the people, are the most dangerous weapon there is on earth. what we do, preach, and believe in, have a great effect on those around us.
    i can only hope, for the sake of humanity, there shall be less finger pointing, less jealousy, less ego, less insults, and less judging. because only when we decide to get along, that’s when we would have less unnecessary splatters of blood on the ground.

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