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I know I cannot let you have me the way I am
I wish I could make a carbon copy and
trace myself, label it, and mail it to you…
with my name and my words—

but I also know that you cannot get the
loneliness that surrounds me
when you are so far from me
through this carbon copy

Or hear my words that sound like sighs
or touch the panels of my heart
where all I see, is ink black darkness

All because you are nowhere near me!©


2017 May.


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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16 Responses to Xerox

  1. murisopsis says:

    The pathos of a lonely heart is perfectly captured in this poem. You have the skill to convey such deep emotion with a frugality of words. I love this one!!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Val. I am glad that the sleeping muse has started to stir and yawn a little, but me thinks it is trying to open her eyes to everything around her.

  2. Such great imagery. The hurting/lonely heart is one felt by all at one time or another.
    love and hugs.

    • Zakiah says:

      An love and hugs to you dear heart! You are right about the heart being lonely and hurting, and the feelings felt by millions around us. We look at them, and we keep walking. If only we could take time to hold their hands! ❤

  3. Nice…. I just hope no one will ask what carbon copy means.

  4. whyzat says:

    Millenials might not know what a Xerox or a carbon copy is, but us baby boomers do…when we can remember anything! I should just speak for myself, though. My short term memory is terrible.

    • Zakiah says:

      Short time memory is,… what?? What did you say?? Seriously though, I have the same problem. I can walk out of a movie theater, and before I hit the exit door, I have forgotten what the movie was about. Now, the long time thoughts, man they come a crowding and I have to pick and choose between them.

  5. Great theme…great poem…great way to express the feelings of loneliness and of sad hearts. We all understand those emotions.
    Poignant write, SweetZakiah!
    HUGS!!! and ❤ 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you dear Carloyn. You know I tend to write poignant prose and poems often it seems. It feels like I am part of that scenario of my life where perhaps there were disappointment or ridicule or some such thing. I think I enjoy writing thus! love and hugs to you.
      Had lunch with Dave Thursday before last, and he says that he is feeling so good these days. I was on cloud nine! Thank you for your prayers. AND, Eunice has returned to work, though only three days a week and for only three of four hours per day. But OMG, what a change from the first time I saw her! Again, thank you for your prayers.

  6. All is said in the last verse, source of the entire poem . Beautiful
    Love ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Michel,
      I have been thinking of you and Janine so often, and praying for peace in your hearts after the horrible violation that occurred in your home.
      Thank you for your comment. I was not sure how I would end the poem and it seemed so bland, and suddenly I thought I should make it sound as if I am lonely, and voila, I got that line! Thank you for mentioning that.
      Be well and be blessed dear friend.


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