Poetry

I See Creation

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Open the world.
What do you see?

Hidden within the vibrant blues,
I see lace coral, starfish,
The seadragon carrying life on its tail,

In distant lands,
A Komodo dragon hatches,
Pebble toads camouflage themselves,
Serpents slither in silence,
An iguana roams the roasting desert.

I see creation.

In the world around me,
I see sunflowers, delicate blossoms,
Dragon’s blood trees:  dense emerald canopies
In the mosaic of rainforests.

I watch damselflies, bustling bees living in secrecy,
The butterfly of the night chasing the stars,
Fireflies burning and dancing in the dark.

I see creation.

I glance above
to see hummingbirds hovering,
Owls with wide, amber eyes,
Swans gliding in the sky.

I see creation all over the world,
Intricate masterpieces;
Nothing in comparison
To Allah, the Greatest of us all.


My poem is about the beauty of nature that co-exists within us and around us on this fascinating planet. It’s about the realization that every single cell of every creature that is mentioned in my poem, including the vast variety of those that I have not referred to, was made by Allah (S.W.T). Although there is so much creation on Earth and beyond, we often forget to consider how wonderful it is. We forget that it is in fact a favour to us, because the beauty of nature reminds us of Allah’s power and the fact that the many ‘intricate masterpieces’ put together could never be greater than the One who created it all.

“Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.” (Surah ‘Āli-‘Imrān: 190)

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Basiratulann Shahid was born in Manchester, Great Britain but her nationality is Pakistani. She has always wanted to be a writer since she can remember and would love to publish a few novels. Around four years ago, she realised that she also wanted to be a poet after a spontaneous experience in the art room, in which a poem suddenly came flowing from her pencil. Since then, she has maintained writing poetry as one of her main hobbies and usually incorporates the beauty of nature into her poetry. She joined MYM after her sister suggested the website to her and felt that this was the perfect environment for her to endorse herself in. She loves the fact that MYM is a place of increasing her knowledge about Islam and reading other brothers’ and sisters’ literature. Apart from writing, she enjoys reading and has a passion for photography and learning languages.