Forever I thought you were there Right around the corner Forever Like a little child you lead me near Never ever reaching, but just close enough And I foolishly follow Forever You graced me with you time Voodooed me with your sweet words Your sweet promises Habibi, have you really felt for me? Forever One word I remember the most. “Can you stay in this bed forever?” you would say to me on sweet mornings After lying in bed, motionless, bodies intertwined and minds one you say “Just lay here, just this way, and I will take care of you.” Iilaa al'abad Those sweet words you would whisper in my ear late in evening. Each word a spoken symphony and as you whisper more my mind drifts into a blissful place. Words never understood but felt as if it’s been said to me for a thousand years. Forever It seemed that long when we held each other most afternoons. A song would play and we would playfully sway and then all is forgotten. Time was of no nuisance one song would blend effortlessly with another Ana La Habibi the first, Malaika the next Tizita the final then silence And even in the silence a very still melody rung in our ear And as one we swayed for what seemed like an eternity we rocked each other Embraced each other Caressed each other One body embodying the other Forever A never changing force Stealthily you fooled me into believing you. Forever Now I understand You are and will always be around the corner And I will never reach a day where I find you Forever You have led me to the edge of a maze of emotions I must now untangle and fight with thorns to reach back to the center.