2nd Place Winner Fatimah Gomez

Where Love Is Found
A Poem to the Prophetصلى الله عليه وسلمby Fatimah Gomez

Where it steeps from my heart the longer you’re near me
Where your presence is louder than the yellow sun collapsing
Where the pulse on my throat races against its own mortality
Searching for the true faith I need from you
Where these ungrateful limbs of mine weep with endless sins
Where you give me the clearest water to cleanse my soul within
Where the clarity on this path of golden light starts to begin

I clutch your promise to my chest true
Where ten thousand lies dance around
Where life’s lines are blurring, never ever sound
Where my ego’s long trailing cape is stripped, no longer gowned
Because humility and shame at this point are long due
Where times become blurred with confusion and pain
Where the struggles of this world are enough to drive me insane
Where this candle of hope suddenly bursts into flames
And I imagine how you fell down hardships, too
Where I trip and nearly devolve deep down in desperate despair
Where life leads me down traps I enter, completely unaware
Where mocking whispers enter my heart in a confused nightmare
I call out frightened, but knowing that like you, I’ll find my way out soon

Where sweetness shrouds my body and paves my nights
Where I beg you to take my hand, not to leave from my sight
Where I press my fingers to your pulse as I’m overcome with plights
Knowing that your firm faith will eventually carry me through
Where the chant of praise stirs within my heart, penetrates my soul
Where it forms this spirit of mine completely whole
Where this heart is purified from its cloaked state of coal
I realize that pain in this life was something I never knew
Where the gentle rhythm of your heart revives mine from the dead
Where I place my foot ever so carefully upon the path that you tread
Where the soothing praise through my entire body begins to finally spread

And the light of your presence shines through
Where your golden light strikes my vision suddenly blind
Where I was of ered the distant mirages of this world but politely declined
Where the rope of your mercy I finally could grip and find
Suddenly, I want to see only the light emitting from you
Where this heart of mine aches sorrowfully with painful cries
Where tears spring into these watering eyes of mine
When I wish that I were alive at that time
Just to have a brief glimpse of you

Where your gentleness sweeps away the layers of dust of my heart
Where my tears of shameful cries are flowing from the start
Where realization strikes me that along this journey, we will never part

Because my Belovedصلى الله عليه وسلم,
I need you.

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