No Regrets

I left you, the land of my birth
With an endless ache
I was dedicated to your alleys
And to the fields of sugarcane and rice,
The red clay and the coconut palms
And the melody of the songs
Sung by women, bent double
Ankle deep picking rice–

I hear those melodies even today!
Now in a different land, with
Different laws, for different people
Power rests with the wealthy and the white.
Jungles of concrete and steel–
I wonder at the days I’ve spent
Away from the simple life of my other land!
Sometimes through laughter
At times through tears-

My heart has called out
To the pictures of my land and home
Fulfilled all demands of desire
Kindled every pain and cared for every sorrow.

Today, here in this land
I have no regrets over this love or that,
My heart is patient and carries all the stigma
Except remorse!©

Zakiah Sayeed.

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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24 Responses to No Regrets

  1. slmret says:

    So nostalgic and a little melancholy! A lovely poem, Zakiah!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet. I love writing about India, My India as I left it, not the India of today, where there is a lot of racial problem and prejudice and tension.

  2. Beautiful and heartbreaking.

    • Zakiah says:

      I think your mother would have felt this way about her land. I think so Mattie.
      Love and hugs to you.

      • Yes, very much so. When she and her 3 siblings fled China years ago, they had to leave behind 1 sister who “vouched” to the communists that they would return. She was the oldest sibling. She gave up freedom so my mom and her siblings would have theirs. Love and hugs to you too.

    • Zakiah says:

      Matt you should write about that. What an amazing story that would be for all of us to read, and for your sister’s and brother’s children to know and keep the account for posterity. Love you darling Mattie.

  3. kim says:

    Three verses of sadness and one of no remorse. I don’t know if the math adds up. 😉
    Forgive my teasing; beautiful words, Dr. Z.

  4. Zakiah says:

    ❤ ❤ ❤
    Love and hugs.

  5. lolaWi says:

    nostalgic. there’s sadness in the last two lines but i totally can relate as i left the land of my birth to fulfill a dream in a newfound land. thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. This got me teary-eyed. I love that you carry your beloved India in your heart, in your memories and you share all of this in your writings, SweetZ. Thank you for sharing with us.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      All of us, the expats in this country, love their mother land I am certain. We love this new land of ours. I have lived here more years than I lived in India. But the sweetness of that land will always stay warm in my heart.

  7. Yes, Zakiah, nothing is more beautiful than our birth land.
    Love ❤

  8. Your photography and poetry are perfection! I could sit with these for hours!

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