Poetic Leanings Quoting Others

Pull the trigger and stretch some more.

There are certain sectors in man’s nature that are more flexible than others. Those strivings and character traits by which men differ from each other show a great amount of elasticity and malleability: love, destructiveness, sadism, the tendency to submit, the lust for power, detachment, the desire for self-aggrandisement, the passion for thrift, the enjoyment of sensual pleasure, and the fear of sensuality. These and many other strivings and fears to be found in man develop as a reaction to certain life conditions. They are not particularly flexible, for once they have become part of a person’s character, they do not easily disappear or change into some other drive. But they are flexible in the sense that individuals, particularly in their childhood, develop the one or other need according to the whole mode of life they find themselves in. None of these needs is fixed and rigid as if it were an innate part of human nature which develops and has to be satisfied under all circumstances.

(Erich Fromm, The fear of freedom)

The problem with the human heart

is that it is too much like lycra.

Pulled taut across ill deserving spaces

mistaking stretchabilty for unbreakability.

Tugging tighter

forcing fits

not a thought for threadbare continuity.

And when reason is repaired

lycra is left

free to contract

armed with the expectation

of a sudden disregard

for the form that it justjustnow stretched across

and the retention of a truer shape with ease.

But then the shapelessness of senseless complacency is plain for all to see.

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A favourite: Old Photographs

On my desk is a photograph of you
taken by the woman who loved you then.

In some photos her shadow falls
in the foreground. In this one,
her body is not that far from yours.

Did you hold your head that way
because she loved it?

She is not invisible, not
my enemy, nor even the past.
I think I love the things she loved.

Of all your old photographs I wanted
this one for its becoming. I think
you were starting to turn your head a little,
your eyes looking slightly to the side.

Was this the beginning of leaving?

By: Gabeba Baderoon

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Complete fragment

I stand on the end platform of the tram and am completely unsure of my footing in this world, in this town, in my family. Not even casually could I indicate any claims that I might rightly advance in any direction. I have not even any defence to offer for standing on this platform, holding on to this strap, letting myself be carried along by this tram, nor for the people who give way to the tram or walk quietly along or stand gazing at shop windows. Nobody asks me to put up a defence, indeed, but that is irrelevant.

The tram approaches a stopping place and a girl takes up her position near the step, ready to alight. She is distinct to me as if I had run my hands over her. She is dressed in black, the pleats of her skirt hang almost still, her blouse is tight and has a collar of white fine-meshed lace, her left hand is braced flat against the side of the tram, the umbrella in her right hand rests on the top step. Her face is brown, her nose, slightly pinched at the sides, has a broad round tip. She has a lot of brown hair and stray tendrils on the right temple. Her small ear is close set, but since I am near her I can see the whole ridge of the whorl of her right ear and the shadow at the root of it.

At that point I ask myself: How is it that she is not amazed at herself, that she keeps her lips closed and makes no such remark?

Franz Kafka

I am the existentially confused commuter, atomised and strangely not alone in the luminal space of public transportation.

I want to be the woman prepared to alight before the tram driver slams the brakes, composed and discriminate in my display of self in public.

And I dearly want to get back to blogging.

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Wishing you all a blessed Friday.


It has been narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Abbas, that the prophet Muhammad( pbuh) is reported to have said :

Young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]-

Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you.
Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you.
If you ask, ask of Allah; if you seek help, seek help of Allah.

Know that if the Nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with anything, they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you.
The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.

( Tirmidhi)