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.

1st Place Winner Zahra

O Mother and Father

O you who changes every single teardrop

From sadness to happiness

May God continue to nourish your soul and our connection to you

When it rains, i imagine you

Your arms up in the sky

With your beautiful smile

Giving Salaams to each raindrop

And asking all of us

To join you

In the blessed celebration

Of the Greatness of Allah

O Muhammad, how perfect you are!

When i am sad, i imagine you

For you make me happy

You draw my way back to Allah

And envelope me

With love i will never deserve


I feel secure

I feel relieved, too

To find you always

When i look for you


I go to you when i am

Suffocating in darkness

Illusions devastate my state

I try, in vain

My head continues


Where is the brightness?

It is in you

O Most Beautiful Lotus


In a meaningful cave, i imagine us

My poor self

Looking into your eyes, O Mother

And start weeping


But the tears

Aren’t imagination

They flow from my

Dusty eyes


These love tears,

Roll even more

When i image you, Dear Beloved

Holding my mother’s hands and laughing

In that same meaningful cave


I fall down,

Admiring


The only thing i would hear

Is your perfect melodic voice

Telling dust:

“Welcome home”


I would want this moment to be

All that i remember

All that i see and hear

All that occupies my

Heart and mind


I would go on and pray

To lose my sight and hearing peacefully

Simply lose everything

But have increased my love

For you


My Dearest Prophet

I imagine you also,

In the middle of the Prophetic row

In the middle of the Important ones

Walking in front of me

Present are those who

Want to be there


I mostly fantasize this

When i walk back to my

Impermanent home

After a day wishing to love you more

Than the day before

Spent in the middle of distractions

But in reality,

In the middle of where God

Wanted me to be


When i walk without seeing other but you, O Father

Joy God puts in me

Reaches people in the streets

I can tell they wonder:

“How can she be so happy?”

When the answer is so simple:

Even dust is permanently in the greatest presence


Some may believe

That my eyes never saw you,

O Messenger of God

So that i can’t imagine you


But they forget that

Every night

Our pure souls gather

To praise together

Allah

-Your farthest girl who wants to love you more