Ode to Aa'isha

May waves deliver you the ocean’s pearls
Aa’isha, mother of the believers,
You transmitted wisdom to all the worlds

On a diamond beach, a shining cloaked girl
Light revealed to those who are perceivers
May waves deliver you the ocean’s pearls

Bound in purest love, his knowledge unfurls
Your bright wit confounds the disbelievers
You transmitted wisdom to all the worlds

When agonies of death around him whirled
For his pain your beauty was reliever
May waves deliver you the ocean’s pearls

Longing with tears that made your lashes curl
Your devotion defeats the deceivers
You transmitted wisdom to all the worlds

Absolved from biased slurs unjustly hurled
Matrimony is righteous conceiver
May waves deliver you the ocean’s pearls
You transmitted wisdom to all the worlds
صَلى اللهُ عَليَهِ وَ سَلَم


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Alan S Jeeves's picture
Of all the many different poetry forms Bilal, the villanelle (or villanesque) has to be one of my very favourites. It is, in fact a very skillful piece of work to write and to write one, as you know, requires much thought.. It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I read yours today. Kind regards, Alan

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Brother Bilal's picture
Thanks Alan I had a go at one for the first time here, I wondered how you got such a lyrical flavour to your poems and learnt about the villanelle from you, so you did me, and I suspect others here, a big favour by introducing the form to us.

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Alan S Jeeves's picture
One of the most famous villanelles ever Bilal, is 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' by Dylan Thomas. Composed in 1947 and first published in 1951 (my birth year!), this poem is really worth studying for those who wish to build up a great portfolio of villanelles. I hope that you can find time to read it and get a great deal from it as I have. Kind regards, Alan

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Brother Bilal's picture
Yes Alan, I have been reading it, it has a great intensity. I think I prefer Dylan Thomas to most other modern poets, but I am not 100% sure about him because I wonder, was all that emotion just the whisky talking?! It is almost as though he was about to explode! Back in the day I remember listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix and after being through the extreme emotion of that, it used to make me feel a bit down, say after two hours of it. So while people still celebrate him as the greatest rock guitarist ever and so on, I have an enduring feeling of depression from it, and perhaps, I guess right now, this is where Dylan Thomas was going, extreme emotion and too much drink, it is alluring to begin with, but... I agree more with the sentiments of your Rye Whiskey poem. Thanks once again.

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