Scrolling news:

Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley

Japan: Torrential rains unleash deadly landslide killing a dozen people in Hiroshima

Palestine: Three Palestinians killed, incl 3 year-old child, in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City

Palestine: Dozens Palestinians abducted by Israeli forces in West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army demolishes cave housing family near Bethlehem

Palestine: Several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank, Israeli settlers attack cars

Palestine: Israel bombs Gaza, withdraws negotiators from Cairo

Pakistan: 18 suspected militants killed in fresh NWA, Khyber airstrikes

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

Palestine: Palestinian female detainee denied family visits since her arrest in 2012

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army detonates two homes in Hebron, seals one with concrete blocs

Palestine: Six Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

Palestine: Body recovered in Shujaiyya a month after ‘massacre’ by Israel

Palestine: Hamas says Israel stalling on agreement as Gaza death toll hits 2016

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri

Palestine: Palestinian arrested filming Israeli settlers throwing stones in W Bank

Israel: 5 of 64 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza invasion were killed by ‘Friendly Fire’

Poetry: Time

30th Aug 2013

Time

I rat-race against Time

A mindless, mechanised blur

Acquisition-driven, checklist-led

My spirit numbing, succumbing, lifeless

 

How do I fight the inexorable passing of Time?

Resist routine’s relentless grind?

By forever doing more,

Feeling less?

By swapping depth and stillness

For utility, efficiency, pace?

 

Or is it the other way round?

Do I need to slow down

End the obsessive race

For maximum material gain

And strive for a plane beyond

Where time ceases, dissolves?

 

Have I ever glimpsed the beauty of transcending Time

Through secret communion with the Sublime

In the silence of reflection

Truth of introspection

In abandoning my ego and desire

To serve the Divine?

 

Have I felt the truth of timelessness

In compassion and selflessness,

Passion and sacrifice

In seeing beauty within the ordinary

Finding purpose in adversity

In weeping to Him through dark nights

Overwhelmed by love and humility?

 

Have I realised that mortality and transience

Can only be surpassed by true existence

When I actualise my potential, my immensity

And my soul breathes

Beauty, humanity, peace

 

Fatema Valji

 

 

 

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