Addressing My Life

Take it easy my life, don’t rush so
I still have many debts to pay back—-

I need to erase some aches,
need to fulfill some commitments

Walking with you at your pace,
some friends sulked, and some left my side—

I have to console those who sulked
need to bring laughter to those who cried

Some un-quenched desires I still hang on to
need to work on these unfinished yearnings—

Some wants and needs that were smothered in this heart,
I need to give them a proper burial.

Some tenacious relationships broke in protest
and some were let go as I tried knitting them through my life.

Some who demand the rights of my existence, and the air I breathe
I have to console and erase these wounds of broken promises.

My life, don’t rush on by
I have so many damages to amend and correct.©


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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32 Responses to Addressing My Life

  1. mrswrangler says:

    A very lovely poem. Hope your doing well.

  2. slmret says:

    This is wonderful, Zakiah — so true for all of us! And somehow at this end of life it seems to go faster and faster, while standing still at the same time!

    • Zakiah says:

      Janet, thank you. I talk to myself sometimes and my life answers my questions and fills me with words and thoughts. Those I pen down.

    • Zakiah says:

      I sent you an email earlier today. Hope you were able to see it. Please don’t be getting out in the heat and the sun.

      • slmret says:

        This conversation is one that I think might benefit many people in this day of isolation! I did see your email this morning, and will respond after dinner (or maybe tomorrow morning). It’s a lot cooler here today, and will be for a few more days — a jaunt in the air conditioned car is sometimes cooler than I can keep the house, too. It’s still sunny, but much more comfortable, and the marine layer clouds are lasting a lot longer — it really helps that I live near the sea!

    • Zakiah says:

      Please take your time to respond. No hurry at all. Just be safe.

  3. Carlos says:

    Love this dear Friend.

  4. I think this poem can only be written by an older person looking back rather than a child. Children are in such a hurry to grow up and then we get to this point in the narrator of the poem… I finally got stamps and will send some words your way soon!!!! 🙂

  5. murisopsis says:

    Oh mercy! You have been looking inside my heart and mind!! I wrote a post about time and aging and all the things (it will post in the next couple weeks)… I love this poem!

    • Zakiah says:

      Love that you are thinking in the similar trend of lifegivings (not misgivings!) Can’t wait to read what you will be posting dear soul sister!

  6. How spot on this is, Zakiah! If anything, you have been most gracious and forebearing with so many people. May this life continue to be enriching for you and family.

  7. Rupali says:

    A heart touching poem.
    Reading this poem reminds me of a few conversations with my aai (mum).
    It’s a lesson for us the younger ones. Maybe we should start clearing our emotional accounts 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      It is good to write your thoughts and emotions sometimes. I do that every so often and forget about that. And then I come across something like this and say….”Whaaat? I wrote that? Not bad for an old woman”!
      I am glad you liked the poem Rupali. Thank you.
      You should write down the words of your mother. You will never regret that.

  8. kim says:

    Wonderful piece, Dr. Z. As you can see you’ve spoken for several of us.
    And I think our global time-out, may have caused more to ponder the deep that you live in.

    • Zakiah says:

      Kim, I love this comment of yours. Thank you. sometimes when ache gives way to tears, all sorts of emotions come surging, and the writer tries to strangle the thoughts, but then only some words come out on paper.

  9. Your life has been busy caring for, consoling and even bringing back to life those who left you along the way.
    Love ❤

  10. michnavs says:

    I felt like it was written for my life too expressed so well, everything that we are anxious about

  11. Oh, SweetZ! Just the fact that you feel this way shows what an amazing, HUGE, beautiful heart you have! Powerful, important things you are pondering.

    I think the more well-seasoned we become, we ponder all of this. And that’s good. 🙂

    You have given much…with compassion, love, and a wanting to help. It’s okay to let go of what should be let go of…even people who have just been in your life for “a reason, or a season” and have seemingly gone. It’s good to want to work on oneself…to mend and correct. Again, that shows your heart. 🙂

    HUGS!!! 🙂
    “Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.” – Rumi

  12. Wow–wonderful poem. It seems the older I get the faster it goes. 😉 You are such a giving, encouraging person…I hope that is something you scoop up and hold tight in your heart and memory. So many of us benefit from just knowing you. Hugs.

    • Zakiah says:

      How sweet Elizabeth! Thank you for your loving words darling. You are no where near getting old. Your brain and energy is same as that of LC.
      Love you.

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