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When the rain falls
And I can’t catch it in my palms
When my gifts will fade
And I can’t let them go
Cause they’re embedded in my heart
When I realize the ones I love
I don’t really know
I’ll think of You

When spring begins
And I don’t get to see the flowers blossom
When I can’t go out
Can’t catch the sunrise
Inside a photograph
When of those children’s smiles
All I have are photographs
I’ll remember You

When the birds sing
And I can’t see them skip
From branch to branch
When the leaves return
And I can’t catch leaves
Flutterin’ in the breeze
Nor watch the squirrels
Scramble up the trees
The seed the little one nibbles
And ruffling, rustling leaves
But I’m too far to hear
I’ll thank You

When suddenly
The screens I live within
Are all my life seems to have been
And the friends I love, struggling
And with nothing we can do
With no one who knows what’s true
I’ll tcry to You
Reminded of you reminding me

I’ll say Subhanallah
At the beauty I’m beholding
Memory of brightening photographs
I’ll say alhamdulillah
For trees, the sky, the camera
I’ll Allahu Akbar
No one greater
Than the one who stops the world
While it continues to spin
Him? Yes, Him, He is whom I love
Beyond every bend
I cannot see the end
But this misty cloud of entropy
This silence I can’t break for serenity
I know the diamond gleaming at the end of the line
Of this cloud, while we’re in lockdown.

هُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً ۖ لَّكُم مِّنْهُ شَرَابٌ وَمِنْهُ شَجَرٌ فِيهِ تُسِيمُونَ – 16:10
It is He who sends down rain from the sky; from it is drink and from it is foliage in which you pasture [animals].
يُنبِتُ لَكُم بِهِ الزَّرْعَ وَالزَّيْتُونَ وَالنَّخِيلَ وَالْأَعْنَابَ وَمِن كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ – 16:11
He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.
أَفَمَن يَخْلُقُ كَمَن لَّا يَخْلُقُ ۗ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ – 16:17
Then is He who creates like one who does not create? So will you not be reminded?
وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ – 16:18
And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Surah An-Nahl – Ayah 10-11, 17-18

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