the first moment.

by Aqeela Naqvi

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Flag of Imam Hussain (a) – Karbala, Iraq. July 10, 2015.

the first moment
my eyes set
their sights on
your
karbala,
i knew.

the moment
i saw your flag
still whipping in the breeze
blood red,
the blood of Muhammad (s)

your name written in the sky
as if still held steady
blood red,
the arms
of your
flag-bearer…

my life,
(the death
i had thought
was life)
before my very eyes
fell away
and in its place,
there remained only
you.

jaanam…
the first moment
i smelled
your fragrance,
i knew,

all else
was lost
to me
forever.

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