I have read about children who cannot sing
With their friends who died from orange fired
Rockets with yellow edges and have been
Buried under the earth and its green grass
Under the noses, eyes, ears and blue stars
Of people who talk like they’re indigo
And sing violets to their friends.
And I have noted the red blood.
When the earth is shaken with its [final] earthquake
And the earth discharges its burdens
And man says, “What is [wrong] with it?” –
That Day, it will report its news
The Qur’an, Surah Az-Zalzalah (Chapter of the earthquake) 99:1–4
Elizabeth Lymer is Editor of Young Muslimah Magazine, where – as you can see – she is happy to publish poetry. (Check out http://youngmuslimahmagazine/submissions.) She writes nursery rhymes prolifically and is looking forward to the launch of her collection of Abrahamic rhymes next month insha’Allah. This poem was first published on her writer’s website.