The Lightness of Ramadan

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The Lightness of Ramadan

The lightness of Ramadan,
is like a gossamer blowing randomly in a breeze,
like walking on the moon, gravity barely touching me.
springing then floating with every step..and stopping
to just look and see, all that was missing,
when I was so caught up.
preparing eating, digesting,
that I couldnโ€™t perceive the true aspects,
the colors and depth of anything around me.

Before breaking the fast, everyone is someone else..
Each of us, is changed,
some crankier, more impatient, some docile, some sleepier,
but I am lighter, a spiritual airhead transcending the afternoon.
Lighter, like the paper lanterns swinging in circles, from their strings
like the plastic bags in Jordan, blowing high in the air,
like circling black birds in the desert gusts, of those other-worldly afternoons.
Lighter, as if walking under water…without some mundane thoughts and weights,
I would float away.
Listening to the Quran being recited,
the chanting seems to come from within, and rumbles through me,
as I listen, as I stop to pray as I stop to just feel the day;
every moment is a moment of awareness, a moment of truth .
I am like almost nothing now,
just some thoughts enclosed in wispy feathers…
a spiritual bird who flies higher… the less it eats.

Karima Hoisan
April 14th, 2021 (Ramadan)
Costa Rica

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23 Responses to The Lightness of Ramadan

  1. daleinnis says:

    That’s beautiful; Mabrook Ramadan! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve never seriously fasted, but I can feel in your words the feeling of spiritual retreats that I’ve been on. Light and not mired in daily things.

    Beautifully put!

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  2. Samreen Asad says:

    Such beautiful thoughts UmJulian, loved it so much,, Ramadan kareem๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ Stay blessed, May all of our sins be washed off in this holy month and we be more kind and compassionate towards one and all๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–

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  3. Happy Ramdan Karima ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒน

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  4. Msdedeng says:

    Thank you for letting us in.

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    • Thank you Angela for visiting my blog, and your comment. This poem, of course, is my own individual impression of how the first days of fasting make me feel, but Ramadan is about so much more, I just tried to find the words to describe the change I feel in me, after fasting for many hours. It is a very positive feeling of solidarity with so many, who for their circumstances, are in this situation on a daily basis too. Ramadan Kareem!

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  5. Jeff Flesch says:

    Beautiful, dear Karima. Such truth in your words. Letting go of, to allow in more. A gorgeous poem, my friend. โค๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒน

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    • awww thank you Jeff, yes the long hours of fasting does just that…you put it in a perfect way… makes room for more…more awareness of things around us and ourselves and how we connect with everyone… and everything. Thank you my friend for your thoughts ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

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  6. Nora says:

    Thank you for a glimpse of your world.

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    • Thank you Nora! This poem, of course, is my own individual impression of how the first days of fasting make me feel, but Ramadan is about so much more, I just tried to find the words to describe the change I feel in me, after fasting for many hours. It is a very positive feeling of solidarity with so many, who for their circumstances, are in this situation on a daily basis too. Ramadan Kareem!

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  7. You do have a beautiful way with words.

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  8. So excellent. So many great lines to point. But this is catching: “I am like almost nothing now, /
    just some thoughts enclosed in wispy feathersโ€ฆ / a spiritual bird who flies higher”

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    • Thank you Benjamin..so glad you enjoyed my Ramadan poem..It is a very special time, and although we do the daily fast, we all look forward to this time every year. I am glad you enjoyed that part…yes that bird flies higher….the less she eats:) Thank you always for your great comments..Ramadan Kareem!

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