Poem

The Grass is Greener

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We want what we don’t have

The more we have, the more we want,

The grass is always greener 

on the other side 

These feelings are innate to human nature

The feeling of always wanting more, the inclination that it’s never enough 

It’s placed inside us, that ache to achieve, to always look ahead and to always believe 

But we take these as feelings for the material,

Chasing after the latest gadgets, the newest trends, the best deals –

We always want more

so we fill ourselves with riches, 

succumb to petty desires

And that attribute that was given to us – to accomplish and persevere 

is lost 

And in it we lose ourselves

I can’t help but wonder whether the thirst for more was given to us on purpose

So that we foster it towards something greater

And not just to these worldly wants

Because while we continue to reach for things our hands can touch

We forget the things our eyes cannot see

Or the things our minds cannot perceive

We forget that this longing is for something not in this life 

But for a promised place beyond, 

the one that we cannot reach, 

until our end.

A place where everything is better

And the grass is, in fact, greener

A place with gardens, 

with rivers flowing beneath them.

تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَار

Rivers of milk, of wine, of honey 

Where we will recline on thrones raised high.

مُّتَّكِئِينَ فِيهَا عَلَى الْأَرَائِك

Shaded by trees whose branches extend one hundred years, 

feasting on fruits of all kinds

وَفَاكِهَةٍ كَثِيرَة

Clothed in silk,

يَلْبَسُونَ مِن سُندُسٍ

Surrounded by the most blessed of company,

مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِين

Where laughter and joy replaces confusion and misery,

Where homes of brick are replaced with gold and silver –

in which therein, we will abide forever.

هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُون

 

Halah Butt is an English Literature and Writing & Communications student at the University of Toronto, with a passion for art, history and travel. She aspires to be a writer, editor and illustrator whose work benefits others and encourages change for the better. She joined MYM as a means of engaging positively with the Muslim community around the world, to inspire and be inspired.

1 Comment

  1. “Because while we continue to reach for things our hands can touch

    We forget the things our eyes cannot see

    Or the things our minds cannot perceive”
    This is brilliant. A very nice reminder.

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