Bismillah, alhamdulillah: A poetic response to ‘Why learn Arabic?’ (2004)

Glittering world
Promises you hurl
False and broken
But covered and well spun

Like insects in dizzying pace
We rush to your embrace
To the source of your light
Its fiery embers lost to our sight

To a barren desert I run
To citadels of chaos and mayhem
Wonder you why?
What attracts my eye?

A drop of belief
Propels me to a reef
In this stormy ocean
Questing the eternal potion

There I know
Lies the elixir so
Covered in runes and reams
Of Arabic dreams

Keys to the hearts delight
If only you knew then you might
Join me in my journey
To The Subtle and His company