The calm invades me
Like a storm embracing the ocean
And revving it up into waves of lucid madness
Deep down in this wondrous space of salt and seaweed
I find the peace that evades my mind when I’m on solid ground
Floating inside the fluid emptiness of water
I look around, then within
My heart comes out to meet the darkness that surrounds
Black and black together make stars
I close my eyes for a moment
I listen
The sound of my voice when I screamed freedom and tore my lungs, shredded
No breath
Silence dawns and drowns
Blurred images of far away
Mirror like flashes of memory
Illuminating something that breaks easily
Colored glass, bits of a shattered rainbow
My music is inside my bones
No one can hear
No one can play
But still I hum, I come a little close
Perhaps the world exists on the other side of the sea shore
And I am safe here, amidst the flow

Arwa Qutbuddin

Arwa Qutbuddin is a poet, a nature-lover, a soul-searcher, and a philosopher, and is inspired by the strength of the human spirit. She loves hugging trees and thrives on building relationships. She comes from the Muslim Bohra community and feels blessed to have received the gift of sincerity and spirituality from her parents. She is a mother of five beautiful children. Writing poetry has been her passion; she writes to heal, to feel and explore the world of feelings, to appreciate and bow to life’s mystery: the light and the darkness. Her recently published collection of poems, Water my Soul, is a reflection of her inner journey. She is a student of the Masters program in Psychology at the Harvard Extension School, and the Mindfulness program at Lesley University. As a teacher of Islamic philosophy, she is inspired to explore the practice of Mindfulness and Positive psychology as tools for healing and bridging the gap between religion/spirituality and science.


Stars & Promises

Poetry by Arwa Qutbuddin

My body like a leaf quivers in the warm midday breeze I feel the energy vibrate into me and through me Revitalized, I be The wind passes I bask in...
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One into the Other

Poetry by Arwa Qutbuddin

The cup of tea I make for you Has something in it of the rustling leaves I saw yesterday while lying under the trees Their gentle movement stirs itself through...
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On The Edge

Poetry by Arwa Qutbuddin

Holy intoxication makes my spirit drunk I sip from the lake that holds a sacred moonbeam inside its black waters This beauty leaves me in rapture of the starless night...
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The End of the Road

Poetry by Knute Skinner

He walks along the possible road, one deliberate step ahead of the next. At the end of the road, it may be, there’ll be sustenance, shelter, a sensation of sympathetic...
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Poetry by Neha Kothari

Were you looking for long? You can always find me Where? Oh you can find me where the blues meet. Look into the sifting clouds And follow their path You...
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Poetry by Neha Kothari

My body is silent I feel it balancing tone And muting all conversation Of pain or fatigue Slowly the silence creeps into The space around me Where I catch it...
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