It’s right there in this Name,
the “al” that is Allah,
the blessing hand held over your head
when you start something new and
maybe even a little audacious,
like when God said, “be”!
Such things echo through us still—
brushing out the dog,
setting up the Christmas tree,
madly sketching the mountains
as they pose for the rising sun,
glorious in white cloaks and blue wrinkles.
Each action shapes reality,
and knowing the source of all action
shapes the contours of your soul.
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