An Ode to Our Earth.


How much longer do you want sacrifices to be made?
Do you want your lackluster brow painted with the crimson
of human blood? How many sighs yet,
so your heart can be soothed?
How many tears do you need so your deserts can bloom?

Do you know how many dreams were stoned to death
on your highways?
How long before a tyrant lets go the madness he possesses
how many people will you want to see mourning
for the loss of humanity?


Let no blood flow along the streets
where once children played~
and laughter was heard in homes
that welcomed strangers.

Now, there is destruction
exodus reincarnated
and helplessness.


Zakiah Sayeed Ali. 2014.

{I had posted this on xanga in February of 2014 after the bombings in Syria. Today I post it again, with ache in my heart for the people of Paris, Beirut and for all the innocent lives that are lost because of madness.}

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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8 Responses to An Ode to Our Earth.

  1. slmret says:

    Thank you for reposting this, Zakiah. It’s very poignant right now. These are scary times, and I’ve been thinking of you in particular over the last few days. So many lives lost for no good reason; so much hatred due to ignorance; so much loss, heartache, and grief for no gain. How very sad!

  2. ruthdetwiler says:

    This touches my heart and my heart breaks for the needless loss of so many innocent lives. I have no words.

  3. christao408 says:

    Beautiful and tragic. Even sadder that it will be so relevant a poem time and time again.

  4. Yes, so sad that unfortunately your poignant important poem will be needed to be posted and read again some day.
    Thank you for sharing it. We are a world in mourning. So sad, so many innocent lives lost, so when will people love instead of hate. 😦
    Love you! And (((HUGS)))

  5. theinfiniterally says:

    Just beautiful, and well said!

  6. mlbncsga says:

    Enough is right. “We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.” – Will Rogers I used this quote on my header thing during my xanga days, I wish I could add “All Others” I’m just weary of all the self centered self righteousness in the world today. ILYM

  7. Meaningful poem Zakiah .
    I hope you will not have to use it agaiin.
    Love ❤

  8. rudyhou says:

    i do hope this terror will end soon. far too many victims for the world not to acknowledge that ISIS is NOT and shall never be a peaceful group.

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