Ahmad Shiddiqi

Rookie - 26 Points (March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

Nostalgia - Poem by Ahmad Shiddiqi

(dedicated to Sr. Gabriel Gárcia Márquez, a great storyteller)

In your heart are the birds, the breeze, the flowers, the lamb, the sunshine
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more, must glow, must flow
Of snow upon the mountains and the wanderers' camps
Then how grace a rose? I feel, I know a way!

One two! One two! One two! and through and through
To see love descending and see love ascending
We count our joys not by what we have
Drawing Love's bands more tight

That there's a God, that there's a Savior too
Ah, love, let us be true, to one another!
And the rocks melt with the sun
And I sunned it with smiles

Alluring dreams voyage me
Through celestial love
Reassure me
Remember

Chant of innocence story
Invigorate less melody
Recollect me
Remember

Leaf of a sultry tree
Behold blurry hope
Reinforce me
Remember

Sweet Love of Youth, forgive, if I forget thee
Begin, and cease, and then again begin
The blessed rain is coming too
There're oceans in the sky

Storming the world with sorrow's wind and fire
Moonlight does not require the pathway
And makes a pretty playfellow
Of a surf-decorated shore

With things whose tunes are played out and forgotten
Away from books, away from art, the day vanished
The heart recognizes thee, alone, alone, alone!
Where both deliberate, love is right, the light

(inspired by Enigma's song - The Child in Us)


Comments about Nostalgia by Ahmad Shiddiqi

  • Seema Chowdhury (5/20/2009 5:37:00 PM)

    very nice and appreciative. (Report)Reply

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  • Ben Gieske (5/18/2009 4:15:00 PM)

    Something about the way this reads that lifts my heart and mind taking flight and glimpsing something new. I like these lines:

    And the rocks melt with the sun
    And I sunned it with smiles

    Alluring dreams voyage me
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  • Sandra MartyresSandra Martyres (5/16/2009 11:41:00 PM)

    A great tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, wonderfully scripted with good imagery and a smooth poetic flow...10 (Report)Reply

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  • Manonton Dalan (5/15/2009 11:55:00 PM)

    ay salam! nice poem. salamat md. (Report)Reply

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  • Juan Carlos Abeti (5/15/2009 8:44:00 AM)

    a piece of art, lovely (Report)Reply

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  • Subroto Chatterjee (5/14/2009 8:37:00 PM)

    '....With things whose tunes are played out and forgotten
    Away from books, away from art, the day vanished
    The heart recognizes thee, alone, alone, alone!
    Where both deliberate, love is right, the light...'
    Yea...all right, vivid imagery = imagination used throughout. Interesting.
    Cheers.
    Subroto
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  • Bonnie Collins (5/14/2009 6:33:00 PM)

    To be honest, it is a bit lenghtly, but that is me..... I find it hard to keep treand of thought with poetry of length, however you did a very nice job none the less, the structure was very good, and a fine dedication......

    Bonnie
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  • Ruerd Visser (5/11/2009 11:19:00 PM)

    Nice one, you did it again.

    Angelgreetings from Friesland

    Boomfriend Ruerd
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  • Vidi WritesVidi Writes (5/11/2009 8:39:00 AM)

    GABO... Whom we know through his famous work
    Who wrote the story of a Shipwrecked Sailor.
    Here poet has brought a story teller live in the poem.

    This poem has revived the thoughts about the works of a great writer.
    Thank you.
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  • Sonya Florentino (5/9/2009 7:06:00 PM)

    always inspiring, always so full of hope.... (Report)Reply

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  • Luwi HabteLuwi Habte (5/9/2009 12:39:00 PM)

    good job dear friend
    i really like it
    and thanks for sharing
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  • Trade MartinTrade Martin (5/8/2009 11:39:00 PM)

    Very nice work my friend. I enjoyed it. Best, Trade. (Report)Reply

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  • Cindy Kreiner SeraCindy Kreiner Sera (5/8/2009 2:14:00 PM)

    Great dedication and Enigma's song felt throughout....a lot of thought and love the imagery. Well done indeed (Report)Reply

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  • Rajkumar MukherjeeRajkumar Mukherjee (5/8/2009 9:40:00 AM)

    Dear Siddiqui,
    It's an amazingly nice tribute to Garcia Marquez and of course Catrina Heart, the lyrical bird.I am particularly impressed by your use of imagery, lyrical presentation with broken lines to form a shape but never forgetting your zenith. i.e Nostalgia.
    Repeatition of few words has also created an alluring haze around the subject.
    'Alluring dreams voyage me
    Through celestial love
    Reassure me
    Remember

    Chant of innocence story
    invigorate less memory
    Recollect me
    Remember

    Leaf of a sultry tree
    Behold blurry hope
    Reinforce me
    Remember'---These are the lines that draws my attention. A-10- -Rajkumar
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  • Alf Hutchison (5/8/2009 7:56:00 AM)

    A beautiful dedication Ahmad... regards Alf (Report)Reply

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  • Lynda Robson (5/8/2009 6:35:00 AM)

    Another wonderful tribute Ahmad, great imagery and flow in this poem,
    10
    Lynda xx
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  • Tamara Hanaring A Thought Mate (5/8/2009 3:44:00 AM)

    a great poem for Garcia Marques who is so close to the people hearts by his his beautiful writes..i admire him too as himself always he be a child with many dreams..well done (Report)Reply

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  • Louis RamsLouis Rams (5/7/2009 10:14:00 PM)

    a beautiful write on love

    a ten
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  • James Nall (5/7/2009 5:59:00 PM)

    exceptional write, ahmad. good description of what most take for granted, thanx (Report)Reply

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  • Ashraful MusaddeqAshraful Musaddeq (5/7/2009 12:20:00 PM)

    'Sweet Love of youth' is the hub where nostalgia sprouts.
    Nice touchy poem.
    10
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 7, 2009


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