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Before words could claim you

Before answers were true,

You were Everything, and you were Blue.


 Then, when words mixed like leaven,

You had a name in each continent-

Maybe it was Firmament, maybe Heaven.


But now, as I stare up tongue tied,

I find no name fitting of your pride:

Surely, I can do better than Eternal Guide.
You do deserve more than Continental Mosaic:

Why must my language be so prosaic?

And I just can’t deal with Vastness Reincarnate:

I’ll find you The Name, just you wait!



Now I know what I must do,

I’ll visit the roots from where I grew:

A word from there, that’s something new.


Your name will now be Sky,

I’ll gladly let your beauty cause my blindness.


Let’s try that in Arabic, my ancestors’ tongue,

Perhaps a fresh rhyme can be sung.


Your name will now be Samaa,

I’ll gladly let your beauty cause my amaa.

Faris Shamma
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