after Lorette C. Luzajic's poem titled “white” from Winter in June. Click here to read it (scroll way down).
for Frida, Clarice, Parveen & Lorette
... / black diamond apple / aeonium arboreum / pegasus / nefertiti / كسوة الكعبة* / حجرِاسود** / marquina black / japanese bobtail, scottish fold, bombay, oriental, sphynx, ragamuffin, chantilly-tiffany / labrador retriever, scottish terrier, newfoundland, affenpincher, schipperke, puli / peter green’s black magic woman: “... yes, i got a black magic woman ... and she’s trying to make a devil out of me ...” / jimi hendrix, bob marley, thin lizzy / truffle / wood ear / eggplant / kala namak*** / black pepper / kalonji / jaiur / douchi / caviar / othello grapes / jamun berries / black plum jam / rye bread / expresso / toblerone dark / strix huhula / cygnus atratus / “baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?” / dunbar’s “we wear the mask”:
we wear the mask that grins and lies,
it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--
this debt we pay to human guile;
with torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
and mouth with myriad subtleties.
/ m. luther king jr. / black country & britain’s coal mines / black lives matter / kalima hora / walker, basquiat, tanner, lewis--insurrection!, untitled, nicodemus visiting jesus, colonel robert gould shaw / m. ali, sir v. richards, u. bolt / poe’s the black cat: “who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or silly action for no reason than because he knows he should not? have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgement, to violate that which is law, merely because we understand it to be such?” / panthera-pardus/onca / bos grunniens / dasyatis thetidis / dendroaspis polylepis / naja melanoleuca / latrodectus hesperus / pandinus imperator / black sea / orcinus orca / tahitian pearl / black friday / black forest / black magic / black mirror / black hole / lamy fountain pen ink / handmade bound notebook / samsung galaxy tablet / windows or apple or google theme / funeral dress / kali mata! shakti de!**** / ...
1. Kiswat al-ka'bah = Black cloth, which is used as a cover for the Ka’bah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Ka’bah (‘The Cube’), or the House of God, is the holy site for Muslims.
2. Hajaru al-Aswad = Black rock, which is installed in the eastern corner of the Ka’bah. According to the Islamic tradition, it date backs to the time of Hazrat Adam (Adam) and Bibi Hawa (Eve).
3. Himalayan black salt.
4. O Mother Kali! Give me strength!—where, kali = she who is black and shakti = strength. According to the Hindu tradition (mythology), Kali is the Goddess of Time and Death.
Saad Ali (b. 1980 C.E. in Okara, Pakistan) has been brought up in the UK and Pakistan. He holds a BSc and an MSc in Management from the University of Leicester, UK. He is an (existential) philosopher, poet, and translator. Ali has authored six collections of poetry. His new collection of poems is titled Owl Of Pines: Sunyata (AuthorHouse, 2021). He is a regular contributor to The Ekphrastic Review. By profession, he is a Lecturer, Management Consultant, and Trainer/Mentor. Some of his influences include: Vyasa, Homer, Ovid, Attar, Rumi, Nietzsche, and Tagore. He is fond of the Persian, Chinese, and Greek cuisines. He likes learning different languages, travelling by train, and exploring cities on foot. To learn more about his work, please visit www.saadalipoetry.com, or his Facebook Author Page at www.facebook.com/owlofpines.
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