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.
With tomato plants, drooping 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

7 Comments on “A Piece of Land

  1. Salam Brother Dawud,

    Pray you are well.

    I am contacting you from Inspire FM, a community radio station based in Luton, UK. We have been around for over 20 years giving back to the community.

    During these unprecedented times we would like to do something special for the community. We have decided to do a virtual entertainment event.

    We hope that you would be available to give us a little bit of your time to share some positivity with the listeners inshallah.

    Date, Time & Place:

    Friday 15th May 2019. The event is from 6pm- 8pm (BST).

    We would for you to spare 10 – 15 mins of your time to participate in this, preferably around 8pm inshallah.

    You can join via Zoom or Facebook live. More details to follow.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Jzks

    Wasalam

    Mohammed Tariq

    Station Operations Manager ǀ Inspire FM

    Phone: 01582 481810

    Address: Inspire FM, The Dallow Centre, 234 Dallow Road, Luton, LU1 1TB

  2. I miss your old blog so much, all your posts about gardening and homeschooling and living waste-free. Your blog was what inspired me to begin a journey of clean eating and clean living myself. I really hope you can report some of your old stuff again because it was just so special!

  3. I miss your old blog so much, all your posts about gardening and homeschooling and living waste-free. Your blog was what inspired me to begin a journey of clean eating and clean living myself. I really hope you can repost some of your old stuff again because it was just so special!

  4. Thank you for what you do. I’ve been listening to all your albums this Ramadan in quarantine and they really do bring me back to the love of faith.

    You write and teach with such kindness and comfort. So simple, and a dope reminder. I shared this poem with my book club and we are all very emotional in response to it. I just wanted to share some of their comments here:

    “He’s such a good lyricist. His vibes get me every time. Our [high school] newspaper was doing a Word on the Street festival at our school and had a bunch of booths and [my Chinese-Christian classmate’s] booth was to highlight poets and one of them was Dawud Wharnsby and I was like HOW DO U KNOW ABOUT HIM [TOO!]”

    “This made me cry. He seriously has a way with his words, it’s incredible”

    “He’s so loved and so deserving of that mashaAllah”

    Hope Ramadan is being kind to you this year. Salam!

    Manal

  5. your work and words are a familiar comfort for those of us who have grown with them. they are wonderful pieces to share with those who came after our time. may they remain an eternal comfort for you too and become sadqah-e-jariya

  6. Assalaam ou Aleikum Dawud bhai, amazingly deep and profound in lyric and tempo. Hoping we can experiment together and see how a deep folk drum or tabla might work with this…

    Love and Prayers, these blessed days of Shawwal,

    faisal and family…

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