you cleanse
regions
then stand
of prayer
the uncovered
of your body
at the foot
mats facing

the qibla
your cluttered
from the tangible
trances

unfasten
mind
hold of secular
bow down

before
glow of God’s mercy
to a centripetal
of a more perfect
the cascading
submit
course toward the gates
emptiness

here
you can plunge
chamber of the soul
with your share

now
into the most secluded
commune
of the universe’s

initial burst of
housed within the lamp
waiting
beheld
light eternal light
of mystery
to be
five times a day

From The Displaced Children of Displaced Children by Faisal Mohyuddin.

This poem was originally read in the Poetry Unbound episode “A Poem for Ritual and Reset.”

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