Lost and Found: Seeking the Light of the Imam. Poem by Sujjawal Ahmad

“Lost and Found: Seeking the Light of the Imam”

By Sujjawal Ahmad

I wandered lonely with heart so intoxicated

Through a deserted land so much isolated;

As I searched around for life or person,

Fear surrounded, making me worsen;

No voice no sound could reach to ears,

And sand rippled to form small smears;

Far away where I could not see even a single shadow,

In the land where grew no grass, no plant no meadow;

Crazy winds that crashed over me elapsed,

And pointing at me said at my lapse:

You lost everyone, O dear one! both kith and kin

Near and dear, of the color of your skin;

To these winds that rippled without any choice,

My soul asked with a soundless voice:

What I carried and what I left behind?

O mindless one, they replied:

You carried your body and left your intellect behind!

My soul surrounded with clouds of uncertainty,

It then looked up to blue sky in agony;

O Blessed Elijah! Come soon, I search for you and I seek for you!

I have steadfast all my heart and hope in you;

You are the path, that lights saddened hearts

You are a thought that lives to join broken hearts;

You calm the souls in the world redeemed;

Let now this wayfarer, at the last, know his relief.

When fear now tries to make me pallor,
I have strength to confront with valor;
You give me strength to speak to the world,
A message of peace, light, and love!

A door then opened!

And God’s mercy shown upon a worthless soul;

What I want in life for more than that,

A company of his holy presence,

And a vision of his blessed countenance,

For the Light of Imam of Age has now touched my soul…!

Author: Sujjawal Ahmad

Sujjawal is an invited blog author from Pakistan. He finds it extremely exciting to develop a deep love of cultures around the world. The stories that are about humanity, and emotion, that compel us as individuals, and connect our hearts and minds are the kinds of stories Sujjawal has always gravitated to, and the kinds he tells. He can be reached at: sujjawalahmed@gmail.com

2 thoughts

  1. You are an amazing soul Sujjawal. Your longing and awakening is very evident in your poem. I feel a pathos and a never ending void in you, wanting to be filled my someone’s unconditional presence. You have or Hanover found. I see your deep loneliness and I feel your inner void. And I listen to grief you are trying tell to see you as you are. I want to say to that aspect of you that I see it and hear it loud.
    You are amazing poet , keep this alive in you wherever you go!


    1. Thank you thats very kind of you. The poem reflects my spiritual journey, a journey that started wandering through the clouds of darkness and ended with spiritual awakening. And I am glad to know you see what the poem calls its readers to see.


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