how do i go on living?

by Aqeela Naqvi

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Encasing being designed to surround the graves of Imam Hassan al-Askari, Imam Ali al-Naqi, Narjis Khatoon, and Hakima Khatoon (peace be upon them all) in Samarra, Iraq. (Warehouse in Qom, Iran – August 6 2015)

how can my body stay in this place, when my heart only wants to be where you are? how do i keep from catching my breath? how do i keep my soul from leaping from my chest?

how do i go on living, knowing it’s not where you are?

oh, how restless is the spirit!

to be in the four walls of your city tonight;
to smell the sweet air of Samarra tonight;
to embrace in my arms the tenderness of your grave tonight…