Poetry Break: ‘Muslim’s Mosaic’

Editor’s Note:

Anwer has become a dear friend to me. The beauty is that I’m a Christian, and He’s a Muslim. I hope other’s can see that art, poetry, beauty, and conversation can expose our likenesses as much as our differences. His “Narrative Imagery” poetic style is beautiful, and we consider his work an important part of this literary blog’s collection. I especially find his poem, The War’s Garden, to be deeply lonesome and sad. It gives us a view of how a person feels when they grow up and live in constant war and violence. I hope you become a fan of Anwer as I have. He is widely published in numerous magazines, websites, and anthologies. Enjoy!


I’m Muslim

I’m Muslim from Iraq and as any human I like the sun and I have dreams, but I am not an American or British, so I have no friend from these lands. Yes, my father had headband, and my grandfather had a woolen mantle, but this can’t make me a rejected creature. We know the gazes of the birds and the sounds of the water and we know the tales of the moon and the dreams of the lovers, but this won’t help to prevent the rejection. In fact, I am not an ugly creature, and the veil of my mother is to keep our beauty in a special manner and not to hide the repulsiveness.


I’m not a Terrorist

I am an Arabic man, and like you, I feel the preciosity of the life and the depth of the smile. I have a family and children, and like you, I like the coffee, and eat the eggs and cheese on the breakfast. I am a farmer from the south, and all what I bring in my pockets are the orange. I like the poetry very much, and write for peace and Beauty. I am a Muslim writer from Iraq, and I’m not a terrorist as you think.


I’m Abumohammed

The trees leaves are green, but we can’t hate the purple one, and we can’t assemble all the violence to fire the blue leaf. The colors of flowers tell us the story of difference’s beauty, the sounds of the birds teach us the wideness of our colored word and the differences in our names point the deep mosaic of our presence. I’m Abumohammed from Iraq, and you are Davidson from England, and all what I can tell you, that colors  are not barriers, but flowers of beauty.


The War’s Garden

I am an Iraqi man; my life is postponed and my face was stolen by wars. My voice is vaporous as a shadow and my dreams’ clothes are as short as my laugh. I am an Iraqi man; know nothing about the beauty or Detian Falls. I don’t want a colorful hat, or a golden watch. All what I want; the water of Euphrates lives a day without blood, and the shells leave the crushed ribs of Babylon. When you visit my garden won’t find but sadness and you will see nothing but the stolen faces.


Anwer Ghani

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Bio:

Anwer Ghani is an Iraqi poet and writer. He was born in 1973 in Alhilla city. His name had appeared in Adelaide, Zarf, Peacock, Otoliths, Algebra of Owls, and others. And also had appeared in Inner Child Press anthology “The Year Of The Poet”. Anwer Ghani is the chief editor of “Tajdeed” literary magazine.  He had, in Arabic, forty books in literature and religious sciences. Here is his website: https://anwerghaniwriting.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html  
Anwer Ghan is the chief representative of the World Nations Writers Union (WNWU) in Iraq, the member in international writers association (IWA),  and the establisher of “Tajdeed Literary Institute (TLI)” and the annual “Tajdeed” Prize for expressive narrative.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Anwer Ghani


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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design. Scott continues working on his memoir Twisted Ride. He also maintains a Christian blog: A Disciple's Journey. Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider (with a huge beard). He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. - "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul. I love to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~Scott Biddulph~

13 comments

  1. Anwer,
    Beautiful work. Inspiring. So very real and raw, and allows us into your soul. Thank you so very much for opening your heart’s window for us to peer into. It allows us to see we are not so very different and that we might be more like mirrors than windows, reflecting the pains and beauties of life in all its forms. I am a lover of trees, flowers, and rivers, and it grieves my heart that yours runs with blood. I long for the day we can all embrace one another’s colors and beauty.

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  2. Anwer, Welcome back to Two Drops! Another hauntingly beautiful poem. But more than writing a poem, you have allowed us to look deep into your heart and soul to see your hopes and desires as well as your pain. And you have reminded us that we all share many of those same hopes and desires and none of us are immune to pain. If we were all able to see that ” colors are not barriers, but flowers of beauty ” perhaps we would learn it is possible to love another and appreciate their differences. I wish you and your family peace.

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  3. Anwer, I enjoyed your contribution and will be taking a look at your blog. I love the style of your writing it is informative, educational, yet tied to life. It reminds me of some Sufi poems that I have read.

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  4. Anwer, I enjoy reading your writing. It offers a different perspective for me to look at. Thank you for contributing your writing here on Two Drops of Ink. We can at least safely peel back the barriers to view life where others are currently.

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  5. Good morning, Anwer. Once again, the images evoke the similarities of our thoughts and feelings, masked in different guises- you from Iraq, me, from Georgia, where the birds sing, the water ripples, and the flowers bloom. Again, if we are touched by them, we can find the common ground to build friendships and perhaps in a small way remove the barriers and not reject.

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