will we ever kiss the sand?

when the dunya turns its back on you
when its inhabitants violently rip themselves
from the umbilical cords connecting them to Life,
to the Eternal, to the Living, to the Truth
when we’re seeking meaning in this mess,
confusing ourselves for our ephemeral bodies
and our hands reach out, desperate to connect,
craving that sand should run through our fingers,
the sand that is mixed with your blood and tears,
but all we can touch is silver and gold
if you are our ship,
then Truth is the wind
the ground you fell on beyond our reach
so we settle for
these structures we’ve erected
replacements for the sand
will we ever touch your blood,
will we ever kiss the sand?

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