Fasting in Aylesbury

It’s Ramadan and I’m fasting

On the streets of Aylesbury

My hunger sighs out like a violin

My thirst desires the sea

I aim to focus my heart on God

And give my hunger a lesson

I aim to follow the scripture’s truth

And feel how drink is a blessing

But I traverse along Buckingham street

And, oh dear, what do I smell!

Sizzling pizza from Papa Johns

And Prezzo’s garlic bread

I rush on past but not before

The scent of chicken korma,

Emanates from The Golden Bengal

And shish from the Turks on the corner

I avoid the rush of the Pizza Express

But I’m held by the Doner and Gyros

I cannot Simply Thai my senses

And Salim’s doesn’t help my woes

I seek comfort along New street

But over there I nearly give in

Jade House whispers Chinese delights

And Herbies Special is thin

But then I’m arrested by a wondrous sight

A sycamore in flamingo pink

Above the wistful and luscious sky

Azure like an Arctic ink

The thirst and hunger dissipate

In the wide, expansive blue

The street goes by like a rolling film

While I sense a presence so true

The enigmas of Ramadan

Begin to reveal their faces

God said Fasting is just for me

Hunger reveals hidden traces

But my reverie is caught off-guard

By an all-encompassing wind

Then I find myself with a menu

In the heart of the Peking Inn!

Poet’s Note: Appreciation and kudos to all the Aylesbury restaurants and take-aways mentioned in the poem!

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About Novid Shaid

I am a Muslim writer and English teacher. I have written poetry, short stories, a play, and I am currently working on a novella. My subject matter and themes are related to Islam, Sufism, politics and also my job as a secondary school teacher. My work is copyrighted and any works published here may not used or copied without my prior consent. You can contact me via the "Contact Me" page, if you wish to use any these writings. I am keen to gain the notice of publishers and if any are interested in my writings, please contact me via the "Contact Me" page. Was salaam, Peace

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