Release

To find release from negative thoughts which undermine my calm, my life, I try to banish them to the back of my mind. They are worries which resurface time, and again to topple off my stability in whatever I do. I seek refuge in reading books. I find it calming my soul, and for some moments I forget my problems. Later, much later  — I think of alternatives to solve them.


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Release

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Express


Some days it’s harder to express myself. I pensively wonder at the paucity of words available in my mind. Even those scatter away out of reach, while I vainly try to grab them, and I become mute.

Why does it happen?

I only know it does happen to me. Some days I’m articulate enough, and some days grasping at words. I can’t get hold of them– they float away.

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Express

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Brave

I want to be brave

I can’t change my heart

It’s full of fear

Fear of the new day

What will it bring?

Happy feelings

Or

Another calamity waiting to happen

On which I have no control

Except for praying

Please God, keep us safe

Ameen

(Sheen-October2017)

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Ascend


A month, or so back, Son and I were looking at houses. Our lease of the apartment was ending, and we wanted to buy a three bedroom house. Daughter came, and put a stop to our searching. She didn’t want us to buy a house on mortgage. According to her I would never ascend to Heaven if I agreed to it. She put the fear of God in me by saying interest is haram. So she put a full stop to buying,  but for renting Son, and I will be again looking up the ads.

There has been a spate of robberies in our area. Even as I am writing a neighbor is moving out. Our security system remains on all the time. When I search for houses, I look at the crime index too. I don’t want to commit a mistake, as Son did in moving to this place.

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Ascend

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Succumb

I have succumbed to misery, sorrow and disbelief in life’s fairness. One of my tenent has not paid me rent since May this year. Now he is not answering the phone, or email. I feel he has decamped leaving me a mess of a house, and unpaid bills. What I’m dreading is that he must have left the electricity, gas, phone and Internet charges in my name, and how in God’s name I will pay for them.

I had never expected it.


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Succumb

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Cloaked


Often as a child I wanted a cloak to make me invisible. I can’t recall as to what purpose I wanted to use it for. I used to think how much fun it would be if I get to meet a benevolent  old lady, a fairy, or a witch who would gift me with a cloak to become invisible to humans like me. Nothing like that happened because in truth such tales are only figments of an active, amazing mind.

I do have a cloak of sort minus a hood — my abaya. I love wearing it on visits to home country, but not here. I had a bad experience with airport security while going from Houston to New York in 2013. After that I stopped wearing it here.

It serves dual purposes. One is: it completely covers my body. Second one is that I can be ready in a jiffy. I don’t have to change clothes for going out, just slip it over my head, and pronto I am ready to move out.

I simply love wearing it. It frees my hands. I don’t have to constantly fiddle pulling at a chador to cover my head, or body. Another aspect of wearing an abaya is that it frees a person from conformity to what others are wearing. My shirt is short, or long, it doesn’t matter. The clothes are covered with the abaya, so no one can say that I’m wearing out of fashion clothes.

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Cloaked

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Fraud


I can only call it a fraud,  but maybe others won’t think like me. To clarify it: the selling of an extended warranty in the case of a car. When you buy a new car, the warranty is for two years. When you maintain your car nothing much happens, and it doesn’t need an extended warranty.  Things start to go wrong once it crosses the one hundred thousand miles limit. Till then the car is okay.

Dealers and insurance agents try their best to rope you in for an extended warranty. Son had bought a new car, and an extended warranty a few years back. The car met an accident. His insurance tried to fix the car, but there were major issues with the car which didn’t get fixed. When he got in touch with the warranty people, they said they had nothing to do with it. In the end he sold it, and bought another one.

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Fraud

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