A Piece of Land


“A Piece of Land”

There’s very little I request,
Perhaps a garden patch at best.
Just six feet long, by four feet wide ~
Fertile furrows, tilled side by side.

One for carrots and one for greens.
One for beet roots and one for beans.
Tomato plants, drooping with red,
Grown at each corner of the bed.

Then placed at one end of the plot,
Adding majesty to the spot,
Providing me sweet company ~
A hive set for the honey-bee.

For all the rest of all my days,
I would forsake my wayward ways.
With nowhere else I’d need to go,
Sing while I weed ~ hum as I hoe.

In summer months you’d find me there,
Sun in my beard, dust in my hair,
Whispering bean stalk, drones to drone.
In solitude ~ never alone.

I’d venture there in winters too,
When days are short and crisp and blue.
Stand risking frozen nose or toe,
Deeply in love, knee high in snow.

As time turns each calendar page,
My veggie plants and I would age.
Our colours fade, our skins to crease,
Our rhythms slow, our songs would cease.

Then when I’d fall and lay so still,
Upon the earth I lived to till,
Unclench the shovel from my hand,
And dig my grave within that land.

Lay me down low and plant me deep,
‘Neath sheets of dirt.  My last long sleep.
Let mint and meadow flowers spread,
Thick on the ground above my head.

Bid fond farewell on my behalf,
To my dear Queen, her brood and staff.
Leave their apartment there to stand,
Marking my little spot of land.

There’s very little I request,
A sliver of the earth at best.
Just six feet long and four in breadth ~
To sow in life and join in death.

– Dawud Wharnsby
Abbottabad, Pakistan
August 2013


Categories: Garden, Personal Philosophy, Poetry, Simple Living, The Artist's Workshop, The Bee Yard

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12 thoughts on “A Piece of Land

  1. Fahi

    True talent. You were born to do this.

  2. gasp. what are you doing in Abbottabad? 🙂

  3. Qutaiba

    very moving. wish i wold forsake my computer to live in such a garden.
    much love to u dear friend

  4. Masallah, I hope you had great experience, love, caring, sharing to everyone. I give you big respect to your art’s of Poem. Assalamulikum brother

  5. NR

    Amazing words.

  6. Beautiful!

  7. Jazakallah for the interview in Laudium yesterday. I’m still toying with it, deciding what to turn it into. In the meantime I’m attempting to line up my thoughts on the concert for my blog, not the newspaper, since it was all an intensely personal experience. Deeply rewarding. Definitely spiritual. Good luck for tonight. Pity I won’t be able to make it 😦

  8. Dear Saaleha, it was such a pleasure to meet with you in Laudium this past weekend. Thank you so much for the lovely interview. Meeting a journalist such as yourself who has taken the time to research my current work, website and writings is very refreshing. Your line of discussion and the depth of your questions made speaking with you a sheer delight. Please do keep in touch and let me know where and when our exchange may be published.

    With peace,

  9. Zara

    I’m sitting here caught by this peace of poetry thinking what to write, how to thank you for such inspirational and brethtaking words. On the end I’m able just to send you few duas for you, your familly and land around you. Be blessed man.

  10. khodijah

    salaam alaikum, this is very beautiful MashaaAllah.

    I know this is very random, but last night I dreamt of your voice reciting Quran. It was so beautiful and it was recited in such a unique way. It was so beautiful that as soon as a wake up I googled whether there are such recitation by you but there weren’t any.

    Anyways I just want to share this beautiful dream of mine. Wouldn’t it be nice for such a beautiful voice blessed by Allah be reciting the most beautiful verses ever sent to mankind 🙂

  11. Riyan Riyaz Dar

    Rhyming words are amazing. I had never read any poem with such a great rhyme.

  12. Amina Obaid Khawaja

    Lovely! Has a beautiful haunting sadness to it…

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