Author Archives: Zakiah

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.


She told me to write a sestina.I looked at her with my eyes wide open“a sestina?” I asked.“Surely you mean Siesta,” I told her.She growled from her umbilicus,and the growl went all the way up to her eyes.‘Child’, she said; … Continue reading

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A Quatern. I was awakened by din early this mornI yawned and looked at the clockthe neighbor kept blowing the hornmy daughter entered the room in her new frock I braided her thick hairI was awakened by din early this … Continue reading

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Slavery and Freedom (NPM #8)

Slavery and Freedom White skin, standing tall on a frameof pride, attitude and bias. Black and brown skin, head bentbut spine straight, eyes steady and pious. One, a salve, the other a the masterholding up the status of the better … Continue reading

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NPM #7, A Poem incorporating broken automotive part, basket ball and a favorite beverage!

Here is my offering. I own a car, a jalopy of sortsIt stores all my booksand some spare partsof the said jalopyit chugs along the road,announcing its arrivalwith its worn muffler. Last night I drove this same caralong a park … Continue reading

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(NPM #6 write a poem about Hands) This old patient, his long fingers artistic, he must have held them tip to tip his two fingers forming a steeple. I see scars and ingrained stains on the wrinkled skin of his … Continue reading

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The Night ( NPM day 5)

The Night © The night whispers-                        your smile conjuresa million desires!The caressing whisper,like a thunderous clapwakes mewith dreams in my eyes. Mystic music‘Whirling Derveshes’eyes closed-such trance;fingers traveling up from the torsoto the heart…right hand turns to the sky,and the left … Continue reading

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April 4th of NPM

(Include the following words in the poem: Equal, umbrella, tidy and weight) Regardless of the weight of known and unknown caresI tell myself to stand tall and finish the choresHow can the twins be identical or equal in etiquettewhen one … Continue reading

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BONFIRE ( A Dizain)

I didn’t know what a Dizain is. Honestly. I just weave my words in and out of the old brain and write some gibberish and pass them off like a poem. I had to look this one up. Val, are you … Continue reading

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Lost Love. (NPM #2)

Lost Love.© Do I feature in your dreams?Do you find me crowding your thoughts?Can you sleep at night,When I ache with my loneliness ? Your face in my eyes,Questioning my sacrifice,Letting you go away from me…. Your needs, your wants, … Continue reading

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A Love Poem (Scavenger Hunt,NPM1)

This is my humble offering on the first day of April., the National Poetry Month. Val has talked about two “simple rules” about the link and where it should go. Sorry, too old to understant that lingo. Hope you like … Continue reading

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