Will ye laugh and yet not weep for the years you’ve lived asleep-
Asleep to numb your fears,
and numb to soothe your cares,
Living in day dreams to escape the day nightmares.
Will you play but never try to remember why you cry,
Using life as your excuse
For living without thought.
Did you know that your Lord knows what you know not?
Your Lord He grants you laughter and He also grants you fears,
And when He grants you death,
He will grant your loved ones tears.
And if their eyes are open, their sadness brings them light,
And if their eyes are closed, the shock may bring them sight.
No bearer of a burden may bear any but his own,
And you sat with friends before,
But now you stand alone.
The last of us and the first of us, the best of us and worst of us
Will be raised as we have died, and will die as we have lived.
So laugh a bit but weep,
And rouse yourself from sleep
May you wake as you have died- eyes open wide.


Abez is a 50% white, 50% Pakistani, and 100% Muslim. She is also chronically ill and terminally awesome. She is the ever-lovin Momma of: - Khalid, a special little boy with autism - Iman, a special little girl with especially big hair -Musfira, an especially devious baby Spoiler, Abez is also Zeba Khan on

  1. Khadijah

    Subhan Allah! A heart that lives is blessed with moving insight. And with the awakening, may there only be the Blessing of steadfastness.

  2. Uncle Veirdo

    Hey Abez,
    Amazing poem. Your couple of lines just before the last remined me of some passages from a fav poem of mine by Alfred Noyes which has the same message almost:

    O, woven in one wide Loom thro’ the throbbing weft of the whole,
    One in spirit and flesh, one in body and soul,
    Tho’ the leaf were alone in its falling, the bird in its hour to die,
    The heart in its muffled anguish, the sea in its mournful cry

    keep up the good work yo, MashAllah.

  3. Abez

    Uncle Veirdo- Loom of Years was beautiful, and Prayer in Time of War was really just amazing. I cannot believe I had never read anything by Alfred Noyes before. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: