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    Waiting for Ramadan By Pamela K. Taylor Sweet Ramadan Eagerly we await your approach Our noses itch With anticipation Of your perfume Sandalwood smoke curling
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2005
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      Waiting for Ramadan

      By Pamela K. Taylor

      Sweet Ramadan
      Eagerly we await your approach
      Our noses itch
      With anticipation
      Of your perfume
      Sandalwood smoke curling in the musallah
      Biryani steaming in the oven
      Bread frying in the skillet
      Our tongues curl
      Tasting now
      Tomorrow’s iftar
      Lemon-crisp fattoush
      Lentil-rich huraira
      Spicy masala and pickle smolder

      Our mouths moisten
      Awaiting your sweets
      Date manna
      Honeyed bakalava
      Milk and cardamom rasmalai heaven
      Our foreheads prickle
      Impatient to leave their imprint
      On the prayer mats of taraweeh
      Our fingers fidget
      Reaching for the smooth beads of tasbih
      Our throats loosen
      Preparing for holy recitation
      Our souls stir
      Feeling our Lord’s approach
      Straining against the bar
      Of Time’s start-gate
      As though we could spring it
      And rush forth headlong
      With a day’s lead
      In the race to please Him
      Our hearts cry out
      Oh Beloved Ramadan!
      Oh Honored Crescent
      Come! Come!
      Do not hide from us!
      Reveal to us
      Our Sweet Ramadan!
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      Pamela Taylor is the co-chair of the Progressive Muslim Union of North
      America
      http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2005/09/waiting_for_ram.php#more
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