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Queen, Jacks, Hearts, and Spades

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Queen, Jacks, Hearts, and Spades,
My personality fades,
In a world where exploitation is the exposition for every living respiration.
A world where in desperation, no man does speak his self truths,
A world where one wrong move could make you lose this competition,
Fame and fortune is the only designation.

And as I still walk down those school hallways
From personal experience one of these days
It’s not the clothes I wear,
It may be my act.
Or maybe what I wear on my head
The fact that discrimination still exists.
Yeah, I have been called a rag head and maybe even a terrorist.
Been asked if I was going to blow up a person,
Even been showed the act,
But my faith has pushed me to remain silent, to just walk away.

Because what good would it do for my rage to become an issue?
I could become in hold of the Satan,
Let my anger reach to where I couldn’t straighten,
Let it all become a jumble of frustration,
But no that’s not how what I was taught to do from my prophet to my parents.

In this world where I see so many ache in indescribable ways
And I swear, just one of these days
The fact that discrimination still exists today.

When I walk on the streets they say to get out of their country.
Excuse me; you can’t even stand for your country’s first rights.
And you expect me to pick a fight,
This anger, so bottled up inside,
My rage wanting to unleash its tide.

And I fight the tears and swallow back my words and stay calm.
Because to be a Muslim is to be Islam.
And who would I be to destroy my prophet’s legacy?
I can’t ruin it all.
This built up pressure
To rest and start out fresher.

Because what good could it do for my rage to become an issue?
Take it from arguing about Islam to doing the haram
Should save my aggression for maybe a calling to submission.

So I bow down to my creator and pour my soul.
I have given it my all, Lord, I have played my role.
I have tried my best to display,
So I won’t be the one questioned on judgment day.

In this world where I see so many ache in indescribable ways
And I swear, just one of these days
The fact that discrimination still exists today.

I have done it wrong all this time,
Let it get away and had made it my crime.
Now I have realized that this is the only way
For all this beautiful faith I have to portray.

I play my cards, this time right.
I humble myself upon my fright.
And display Islam, with all my might.
Try to see the light, this time outright.
Finally I can reunite…

Queen, Jacks, Hearts and Spades,
Here I am the Jack of all trades.

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Mahnoor is a student at the University of Houston Honors College. Pursuing a minor in creative works, she is determined to make writing her lifelong passion. Involved in a variety of slam teams and spoken word events, her experience for poetry ranges from competitions to heart-felt pieces. Mahnoor is a personal blogger as well as a writer for other inspirational blogs. She is a photographer for The Daily Cougar and very much enjoys every form of art, “for it is the way we tell stories”, she believes. Mahnoor considers herself a dreamer, always aspiring to take it to the next level and to keep pursuing. A hearty volunteer, intellectual thinker and a girl of many words, she desperately hopes she can influence lives one day.