– Jaihoon

The other day my treasured friend I eagerly approached
To relate a news which my ears had just then fetched

My heart was heavy with the sad news
Nothing around could cause me to amuse

I said,

“Did you know about the bloody quake?
And the thousands of lives it did cruelly take?

Houses are down, bridges are broken
The entire earth below them are shaken

What a fate has upon them fallen
Their land with great misery is swollen”

While I impatiently vent all my shock
My friend with silence did towards me look

And when I finished my hurried talk
A few sweet words my friend did unlock

“How Merciful is my Him
Who is so patient with our zulm

He bears for long with the crimes of we humans
Looking for a chance to grant us forgiveness

But when all the limits are crossed
His judgment comes to be passed.

Thus when his punishment finally arrives
Not even the innocent one survives.

Yet how could you accuse His Mercy
Knowing well how much Him I fancy

Don’t you have any sense or shame
To doubt His Mercy and put on Him blame

When it is time of day, you forget to praise
But when night falls, Him you criticize”

My heart was heavy with the sad news
Nothing around could cause me to amuse

Hearing these words I got more sad
Thinking about Him I had a feeling bad

I thanked Him for what I sadly learnt
From the company of Him-Loving Friend.

August 21, 2003. Based on Rabia Basri’s life.