The Orphan’s Song For The Kaaba


This narrative poem is based on famous Sufi tales about amazing acts of sacrifice and journeys on the way to Hajj.


When I was fresh, new, suckling babe

My mother’s poor spirit flew away

And my father died of a deep malaise

My life was shaping for a terrible fate

But by a stroke of eternal grace

I was taken in by a travelling maid

Nourished with her milk, settled by her face

I remember her clear soothing refrains:


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