On the Wings if Time: a Prayer by Hakim H. Kassim

Hakim H. Kassim | March 24th, 2024 | a poem a day challenge | No Comments

Poem

(for my wife, Huda Hassan Osman)

As on the wings of time I fly,
And pass over the years with no sigh,
Winning and losing without a cry,
This prayer I make in all try:

That I lose not your face night and day,
And find you by my side all the way,
Then come what come may,
I shall have kept all gloom at bay.

Poet Bio

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, the poet was raised in a politically prominent family; yet in his early teens, the poet and his family emigrated to the United States, where the poet lived for nearly two decades. Kassim started writing and publishing poetry at a relatively young age while still in junior college, and almost spontaneously fell-in with poets and poems, and has so been ever since; particularly the Romantic poets–William Wordsworth, George Gordon, Lord Byron, John Keats and Percy Shelley–drew his attention and engaged hìs intellect, so much so that, to this day, they represent more or less ‘the epitome’ of what Poesy means to him.The poet now lives in his land of birth and works as a freelance journalist and writer. Kassim is currently preparing manuscript of what he hopes to be his first book of poetry; the poet feels a particular attachment to John Keats and Percy Shelley for their vehement opposition to the inhumane effects on ordinary people such as the consequences of industrial development in their lifetimes–and reminds us that technological progress today does the same: ‘Weep, for the world is wrong!’ (emphasis supplied) (Percy Shelley, “Dirge”)

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