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The moon is just a ball that hangs in the sky

That can’t shine on its own, but it can bring by

The light that it sees through exposure

So that a wandering traveler, lost and unsure

Has a guiding light to expose the tripping rocks along their path

But the moon remains careful to not share all it’s amassed

Shrouded in its own darkness, there’s a whole side that it hides,

As while it’s there, it has been tasked to provide

Guidance to a friend that’s in need at that time

It sets the traveler back on the old road of life

Then sinks away from view once they find the sunlight

The warmth touches the traveler as they make their way to day

No longer concerned about the moon because they clearly see their way

The traveler leaves the moon to find its next friend to bond

The light that was reflected, now on the horizon beyond.

The moon understands that its purpose is to help

The brief flicker of hope it gives is its entire sense of self.

Always an advocate of North Texas, Aabid grew up in the DFW suburbs of Grapevine and Euless. While in college, he developed an interest in spoken word and written poetry and competed in competitions with MSA Lone Star Council as well as through on campus organizations at Southern Methodist University. After graduating with a BBA in Business Management and a BA in Philosophy, he transitioned into a career in Technology Consulting, where he helps government clients implement systems to better process applications for their healthcare-related programs.


  1. Ma sha Allah. This is so lovely. I love how you describe the moon. It’s almost like you’re relating the moon to those who are always there for us when we need them, even when we don’t notice their presence.

    Barakallahu feekum Aabid!

    • Aabid Shivji Reply

      Jazakallah khair Khairah, I’m glad the metaphor resonated!

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