Initially I thought I would title this poem “My Wall”, but that would signify only one side, whereas I wanted it to surround me. I have a spiritual feeling sometimes; I feel a presence, and in this poem I have named this presence “Him”. I know it is difficult to understand, and the word dungeon sounds sinister. But the Light is with me in my corner.

I hope I have explained it adequately.


There is a name I enclose
along with mine
as I build a wall all around
which feels like a dungeon.

Seems like I have lost sight of myself
as the shadows in this dungeon
breathe and spell the silent darkness~
but I love this tall wall I have built around me.

His name shifts and accommodates
my pride, as I plaster the wall with dust and sand.
My own heart sits crouched, happy in the knowledge
His name now lights my corner!



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 Dungeon

  1. slmret says:

    This is beautiful, Zakiah. I can imagine you in that ‘dungeon,’ and hope it remains light and happy!

  2. In this dungeon around you that you feel and what I feel too is a light that we call with diferent names.
    I am sorry Zakiah to have been so long to visit but i become really weak.
    Love ❤

  3. I wish you continued Light and happiness!
    I can relate to this poem. I feel that presence, too. And no matter where we find ourselves that Light and presence it there with us.
    HUGS!!! and ❤

  4. cjjustice1 says:

    I always love and appreciate the depth of your poetry, Zakiah. You are so gifted in expressing your emotions and thoughts through your words. Thank you, and I pray
    that the Light and Presence will always be with you. Love and Hugs – Carolyn

  5. May we always have the presence of the light with us. Stay safe.

  6. JojoBean says:

    Oh yes, I do like this… and can certainly relate to those feelings! ❤

  7. How are you doing, SweetZ?
    Hope everything is going well.

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