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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Two Arrows

by Taufiq bin Abdul Khalid

I was a wanderer,
Dissolute and mad,
Walking a hot and baking desert,
When passing through a gorge
I was suddenly ambushed.

First an arrow,
Which pierced my belly.
Then a second arrow,
Which pierced my heart
And kept me mad
But also blinded me.

For awhile I was in the dark
And I wandered still,
Until my feet tasted water,
Cool and gentle,
And my eyes opened
For the first time ever...

To find myself on the shore
Of a vast ocean.


  1. the journey of suffering over the desert to the shore of awakening. Poetry of hope.