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...وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ الْأَسْمَاءَ كُلَّهَا
"And He taught Adam the names of all things..."

— The Quran [2:31]


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You either worship something higher than yourself or end up worshiping yourself

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Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:57 pm
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[Poem #0 - "I have no name yet"]


...خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِّتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً...
"...He created for you mates from among yourselves,
that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them,
and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts)..."


— The Quran [30:21]

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[Poem #0 - "all of humankind"]


...إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا...
"... We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female,
and made you into nations and tribes,
that ye may know each other
(not that ye may despise each other).."


— The Quran [49:13]

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Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:20 am
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[Poem #0 - "forbidden tree"]


الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ
(noun)
"the retreating whisperer
(who withdraws after his whisper)"


— one of the Quranic descriptions [114:4] of the nature of Satan

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[Poem #0 - "the fall, repentance"]


ثُمَّ اجْتَبَاهُ رَبُّهُ فَتَابَ عَلَيْهِ وَهَدَىٰ
"But his Lord chose him (for His Grace):
He turned to him, and gave him Guidance."


— The Quran [20:122]

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[Poem #0 - "I am named"]


...يَخْلُقُكُمْ فِي بُطُونِ أُمَّهَاتِكُمْ خَلْقًا مِّن بَعْدِ خَلْقٍ فِي ظُلُمَاتٍ ثَلَاثٍ...
"..He makes you, in the wombs of your mothers,
in stages, one after another,
in three veils of darkness."


— The Quran [39:6]

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Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:04 pm
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[Poem #0 - "silhouettes"]


وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا...
"...and say, “My Lord! Have mercy upon them,
as they raised me when I was little.”


— The Quran [17:24]

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[Poem #0 - "flashbacks: absences"]


فَاِذَا قَضٰۤی اَمۡرًا فَاِنَّمَا یَقُوۡلُ لَهٗ كُنۡ فَیَكُوۡنُ...
"...when He ordains a thing, He says only ‘Be' — and it is.”

— The Quran [40:68]

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[Poem #1 - "flashbacks: weakness"]


... اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن ضَعْفٍ ثُمَّ جَعَلَ مِن بَعْدِ ضَعْفٍ قُوَّةً
"It's God who created you in a state of weakness,
then gave you strength after weakness..."


— The Quran [30:54]

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Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:36 am
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[Poem #2 - "flashbacks: learning to walk"]


...ثُمَّ يُخْرِجُكُمْ طِفْلًا ثُمَّ لِتَبْلُغُوا أَشُدَّكُمْ...
"... then He brings you forth as infants, that you may then reach maturity..."

— The Quran [40:67]

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[Poem #3 - "Cain's lament"]


...يَٰوَيْلَتَىٰٓ...
"...Woe is me!..."

— Cain's lament, as described in the Quran [5:31]

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[Poem #4 - "flashbacks: learning to speak"]


عَلَّمَهُ الْبَيَانَ
"[And] imparted unto him eloquence."

— The Quran [55:4]


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Spoiler! :
Look at you being an overachiever and writing 11 poems all before the third day of NaPo (in my time zone, at least)! You're killing it already Arc!

I really love the way you've chosen this theme of discovery and connected it with religion. One thought that really struck me was "sometimes I wonder // if we are prayers // answered in flesh // sent to fill absences // of ourselves". This to me is a really beautiful way of describing the importance of each life and gave me some hope tonight. Great job so far, Arc! I look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings! :D
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[Poem #5 - "flashbacks: languages"]


وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ خَلْقُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافُ أَلْسِنَتِكُمْ وَأَلْوَانِكُمْ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّلْعَالِمِينَ
"And among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth,
and the diversity of your languages and colors.
Truly there are signs in this for those who know."


— The Quran [30:22]


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Arcticus, I'm always in awe of pretty much everything you write. Your poems are beautiful, nostalgic. The way you employ language is simply magical. You have such an understanding and talent for rhythm, imagery, word choice, formatting, all of it. I love everything about your poems, the themes, language, formatting, aesthetic. If you are published by any chance, I'd love to know so I could buy your poetry book, and if you're not then you should be.

I love this year's theme of your culture and I love the description of "juggling languages" in "flashbacks: languages." The line about "watching words appear like eye-floaters" was a stunning image too. Thank you for sharing your incredible poetry on YWS for us to read.
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