I thought you were there
Right around the corner

Like a little child you lead me near
Never ever reaching, but just close enough
And I foolishly follow

You graced me with you time
Voodooed me with your sweet words
Your sweet promises
Habibi, have you really felt for me?

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.

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

A never changing force
Stealthily you fooled me into believing you.

Now I understand
You are and will always be around the corner
And I will never reach a day where I find you

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.

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