The Love of True Selves

Do not speak softly to me, dear;
cut past the façade,
into my soul.
I hold you in tight embrace
to bring you closer to my heart.
I gaze into your eyes
to see the fire that rages
To touch your skin is ecstasy,
but we hide in personalities-
I want to know you
for yourself
Not who you think you are.
Do not be afraid of harsh words,
to breath sharp and cut deep.
I may bleed, I may weep
But we know me for it.
And as we lay,
hand in hand,
The warmth begets desire.
For one brief moment we feel,
only love;
you are all that I admire.

Un poème français!

Decided to try out some poetry in French. Enjoy!

Il est le vent qui carasse vos cheveux-
Je ferai le même si je peux.
Il est claire que
Je vous désire,
Mais vous est l’une qui doit choisir.

Si j’avais eu le chance d’être,
D’écouter, de transformer, d’admettre.
Si j’en avais eu le chance,
Je n’aurais pas été lui-même.
Et « je » existerait.


Rough Translation:

It’s the wind that caresses your hair-

I will do the same, if I can.

It is clear that

I desire you,

But you are the one who must choose.


If I had had the chance to be,

to listen, to transform, to admit.

If I had had that chance,

I would not have been “himself.”

“I” would exist.

The Deep End – Poem

Love and rhyme have run their due course today.

Iambic verse is but a curse of yore.

Pens always dry, they shout Cliche! Cliche!

Subtext- the deep end is where we explore!


Meaning, once important, is now king

In the realm of the literary deaf.

Criticism is a crucial concept;

But overanalysis leads to death.



Trying my hand at freelance

I haven’t updated the blog in quite a while, but I’m hoping to change that pattern now that it’s summer and I have a bit more time. While my writing hasn’t reached the web, I have begun working on a novel; I’m also happy to report that I’ve finally made my first short story submission to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction :). A philosophy essay I wrote while at College of DuPage was also recently published in the academic publication ESSAI! You can read it here if you’d like.

Now, if you haven’t already gathered from the title of the post, I’m trying my hand at getting into freelance writing this summer. This is something I have thought about for quite a while and recently decided to get into. Although I will always enjoy creative writing the most, especially fiction and poetry, I’m looking forward to working on editing, copywriting, and technical projects as well. I’m hoping to be able to work on a variety of projects, from blog posts and movie reviews to academic research and copy.

I’ve set up a small services page on my blog to detail the services I’ll provide, but I’m still working out exact pricing. If you have any comments, questions, or tips feel free to comment or send me an email. I appreciate any constructive feedback and information!

That’s it for tonight- stay tuned for some new posts soon. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!


Now is the Time we seize!

Today, the day to do;

To dream, laugh, love


Tomorrow they stack together materials,

Put this stone on top of that.

Breathe life into what once was: commemorate.

But wind and water weather rock,

And time marches on.

The Present waits for no one,

Us and Earth, we turn to dust.

We are all the same to Time.

Except those who choose to live,

They are Timeless.

A New Age

Politicians talk of the New Age,

No more


Peace, Growth, Humanity: the new values.

Rebuild on foreign soil –


the rusty mechanisms of the past.

Keep money in banks.

Leaders keep them safe.

They use

    Words as Weapons

War as last resort, they say

  “Let’s keep the peace”

Yes. Lets.

    To exploit

the best in man.

    Third World workers

need our help to be First World citizens.

More words from Politicians,

    What does it all mean?

And while we’re at it,

read between the lines.



Footprints in the sand;

There and back again.

Random steps make history,


Interpretations then philosophy.

Washed away by waves

Timeless but unsaved

Spread outside ourselves.

Mysteries lie ahead, the past lies beneath

Covered by new sediment –

Sentiments –

Then we go to sea.


Article Published in the Culture-ist!

Check out my article, “Hungry for Faith, Building an Identity: Fasting as an American Born Muslim,” in the Culture-ist magazine here.

The article was inspired by my desire to take a closer look at my faith and identity, and to begin writing about it from my perspective. My hope is to educate others about the Muslim-American experience, and to do some learning along the way. I plan to write more posts about Ramadan, as well as Hajj, in the near future, especially if this seems to be a topic that interests readers. Like always, feel free to leave your comments, questions, or suggestions on my blog or email. I love to write about many topics, so if anything seems to be particularly popular, I’ll try to hit on it more often in my posts.


A short poem I wrote out tonight. Enjoy!


Oh, this state of Nevermore!

Whose barren lands I do deplore,

Explored in a time now long forgot,

It takes for granted that for which we have fought.

Broken and bought are the fat cats these days,

Who pay their way through the political fray.

“End the madness!” Poverty implores.


Blood spills in the Theater of War!

The show must go on! Encore! Encore!

Gunfire,screams, a child with no home;

All the same for the unthinking drone.

Technology continues to weaves its web,

Yet they steal the Spider’s venom instead.

“‘Tis for freedom,” they assure.


Curse this state of Nevermore!

‘Tis peace and love we must restore!

Bring our sons and daughters back,

With words and votes a swift attack.

Remove the veil of ignorance,

Put in place by hateful politics.

Bring forth change to the core,

Of this sickened state of Nevermore.

Education, Environment, and Global Awareness; featuring the blog, teacher monika!

I have to admit, I got a little behind- about two or three weeks- on this post due to apartment searching, #transferstudentproblems, course registration, and other boring and unimportant life steps. I have, as of now, finally pushed through the tomfoolery to bring you this post.

As any of you who use WordPress will know- and if you do not, I highly recommend checking this out- there is something called “Reader,” which displays a vast array of blogs on many a topic. Whilst utilizing “Reader,” and, in particular, a section so aptly named “Recommended Blogs,” I came across a blog entitled “teacher monika.” Miss. Monika Stahlstrom, the owner of the blog, is currently Teaching on Call in the Delta School District in BC, Canada. Her teaching interests, which are listed on the About page of her blog, include “greening” classrooms; engaging learners who are passionate and curious; building a learning environment where everyone is encouraged to try, and to learn from success as well as failure; and involving herself in the learning process. International experience is another item in Miss. Stahlstrom’s repertoire which I found to be fascinating and highly important. She helped design curriculum, including a Marine Environmental Program, train educators, and coordinate volunteers for two schools in Mombasa, Kenya. She also completed a practicum in an ELL classroom in Xi’An, China. To top it off, if her international work and education goals didn’t already grab your interest, Miss. Stahlstrom enjoys “Battlestar Galactica, Tolkien, coffee and a really, really good quotation.”

The reason I have decided to feature Miss. Stahlstrom’s blog this week, aside from her punny sense of humor, is my passion for education. Yes, yes, I know I have many interests (as seen on my About page), but education is definitely one of my top ten. The value of education is not just in the material itself. It is in the experience. My high school U.S. History teacher (shout out to Michael Torney, wherever you are) told our class that, “You may not remember every date, name, or event that you learn in this class. What you will remember are the friends you make, those lessons that really inspired you, that field trip that  made your weekend, and the teachers that make a difference in your life.” Now, this is a very, very rough quotation, and to some it may sound like my teacher was Robin Williams in “Dead Poets Society” (fantastic movie), but you can get the general idea of it. Education involves grabbing a learner’s attention, letting them know that it is okay to fail sometimes, encouraging them to open their mind and use their creativity, pushing them to be themselves and chase what they love, and so much more. I very much appreciated the fact that Miss. Stahlstrom continues to include herself in the learner category, as well. In my opinion, keeping an open mind and always trying to learn new things is one of the most important aspects of being a “great” teacher. Life is full of new challenges, new people, and so much beauty and information that it is impossible to be the best that you can be, without realizing that you must also be a good student.

Global awareness and environmental education provide the final connection between the title of this post and “teacher monika.” In this increasingly globalized world, awareness of foreign values and cultures is invaluable. Traveling, studying abroad, and even classroom discussions work to broaden one’s perspectives, break down cultural barriers, remove ignorance, and deliver exciting experiences that one would not normally encounter. There is also nothing like the feeling of learning a foreign language, and practicing with native speakers. Whether you are a student, educator, or tourist, international travel can be one of life’s most fun and rewarding adventures. Knowledge of the world around us is also critical to the success of future generations. Not everyone needs to have a scientific knowledge of biology, zoology, botany, or the likes, but everyone should learn about how our actions as human beings can affect the living world around us. It can be as simple as learning why recycling is important, or how pollution damages humans and animals alike. Children can be taught with creative activities to build their interest in, and awareness of, issues such as recycling, over fishing or hunting, pollution, gardening, and green methods. Adults can read books and papers, attend courses, and propose workable green solutions for businesses and governments. The world around us is full of amazing animals, spectacular plant-life, and an abundance of breathtaking and intricate interrelations. We all live together on this planet, and we should all do our part to take care of it.

If you have not already, make sure to check out “teacher monika” and other cool WordPress blogs. Within the next several weeks I’m hoping to post a couple pieces of creative content (photography, poems, movie reviews, etc.), post a possible article about my storm chasing experience last summer, as well as write an article or two for the Culture-ist magazine. Thanks again for reading, and for all of you in the US, have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!