Arabic Script

Bismillah
Bismillah

What handheld pen so carefully, so preciously described.

Or did you appear, unfolding from where a hand had thrown,

Almost carelessly, your undulating mysteries?

Softest curves and sweet filaments spill out to ensnare;

A hundred traceries enslave my mind.

al-Fatiha
al-Fatiha

Did not the gentlest breeze disturb such sweet silhouettes and contours?

Driving before it those gentle curves and forms;

Each delicate shape across the page from right to left,

To seduce beauty from such sleek and sooty marks,

Unfolding as it went; each black and luscious petal;

Each sharp and tiny dagger; each shadow, as on a sun bleached wall

Of tendril and strands caressed each one himself and his companions.

Each stroke; each breath across the page

Unfolding in delicious curved and coiling stem and leaf;

Foliage; tender seed filled grasses;

Thorny barbs with promise of delicious pain.

al-Falaq
al-Falaq

My unpractised eye is filled with your beauty;

My brain burns to delve within your meaning.

Are you a million truths held and so displayed

Within the elegance of verses of the Qur’an?

Are you a lover’s note written in perfumed words?

The sweetly fragrant words of a lover’s fevered mind?

The apothecary’s recipe for the thousand minor stings

And dagger thrusts of night’s marauding winged hosts?

The remedy for the scorpion’s dark embrace?

Or perhaps a simple list of confections to buy…

Some planned purchases from the bazaar?

Are you a lovers note written in perfumed words? The sweetly fragrant words of a lovers fevered mind?
Are you a lovers note written in perfumed words? The sweetly fragrant words of a lovers fevered mind?

Blest, the virgin paper on which you unfold yourself.

O lazy and indolent script; languid silken marks,

Tumbled in lazy ecstasy across the chaste page;

Living lines of delicious thought, a secret to my eye;

Luscious sinuous streams bearing an unknown philosophy.

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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Very nice, and written so nicely! :)


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Mysterious, intriguing, sensuous, alluring fragrance behind an eastern veil.


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ablissfulskin 5 years ago from West Coast

This is the purest form of poetry, calligraphy, I grew up with it, as an adult I finally see the beauty of it :)

Thank you for posting this, it is very appreciated, thank you!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Hattie. When I saw you had commented, I thought, "Yeah! She'll like it". Thank you for coming and supporting me with my scribbling. I like it when you drop by.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

mckbirdbks, you have delved deep within my meaning and understood that this eastern veil prevents this poor soul from reading into this elegance. Thank you for coming; for understanding; for appreciating.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

ablissfulskin, thank you for your lovely and appreciative comment. And may I be one of the first to welcome you to Hub Pages and hope that you find some great friends and contacts when you are here.

Welcome


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning Ian,

Very nice..mysterious writing that displays beauty within and outwardly.

Sunnie


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks for popping in, Sunnie. Glad you liked it. I suppose because we are used to the Roman alphabet, other scripts are just a complete mystery. Or perhaps it;s just me,

Thank goodness for the Rosetta Stone.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Which is deeper and more mysterious - the arabic script or our writer of the imaginative poetry here? Beautiful, Ian.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Nellie. You know how I look forward to your comments, Depth is my middle name... Oops! I forgot... Hugh is my middle name; but Depth will do nicely.

Thanks for calling it Beautiful. That's what I like to hear


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Well Nellie took the words beautiful, so what am I left to say? How is amazing! Through your poetic verse you brought to consciousness a foreign script I would have only glanced over and never given a second thought. Thank you for making me aware of the many subtleties in my surroundings I am constantly overlooking.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

From you, ToKnowInfo, that is amazing. I am constantly learning new and fascinating facts on your well written and interesting hubs. I than you for those, and I thank you for coming and reading my poem. You are always more than welcome.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Some tasty word morsels here that evoke beautiful imagery. A mysterious script indeed -- of sinuous streams.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Gimme a bit of imagery and decadence, Doug, and I'm a happy man.

Thanks for coming and having a nose around. Love it when you do!

Hmm! "sinuous streams" coulda used that.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

You did use it, Ian! Your last line...


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

How embarrassing! Now who would have thought it? I even quickly read it and didn't find it.

I wonder if Charles Shakespeare had that problem... or George Bernard Dickens.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

You show that letters and words are a work of art -- to be interpreted, enjoyed, pondered. Penmenship was taught in school when I was young, and I do take pride in my handwriting. I wonder what someone who reads/speaks another language might say.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

They are very artistic, but even english in an old hand is too. I'm scanning letters from my Grandmother's archives from when pens were dipped in ink wells. There were grand flourishes and heavy inken sweeps across the page fading to dull gray marks. Then dipped again the again words poured dark and strong. Fun languid silken marks upon yellowing pages tied tight with twine.... yea I was just testing you.


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daravuthz 5 years ago from Cambodia

Voted up for a useful hub! Thanks for sharing!


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daravuthz 5 years ago from Cambodia

Voted up for a useful hub! Thanks for sharing!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

When I was teaching, apart from many other subjects, I loved children to writ properly. In this country it is called simply; handwriting. Or at a more advanced stage: calligraphy. You would be amazed how many of my ex-pupils still comment on my teaching of that and how it has helped them. Thanks, Sally, for your comments. Yes, it's true, how would someone look at our penmanship if they couldn't understand the language and the script being used.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Oh i love doing that too! Now we just write in typing! :(


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Yes, Randy, my friend, people used to take the time to write so nicely in those days.

I used to have really good handwriting. I used a broad Italic nib and a really decent pen; a Parker. I used black ink, and the result was elegant and strong, and people would comment on it. Now I am lucky if I write my name on a Christmas card, or scribble my name on the back of a Visa Debit card.

hey ho!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

daravuthz, thank you for dropping by and reading my hub. You are always welcome to visit any time. Thanks again.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Hattie, tell me about it. We write using the keyboard, and my typographical skills are so poor anyway. It's amazing i even manage to write what I do.

Thanks for dropping by and putting yourself through the torture of reading my scribbles !!! (Ha ha)

Ian


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Wonderful comment, Mark. I am still smiling, and if you knew how long it takes me to even write the simplest thing, you would realise that that is a long time.

Thanks for the splendid remarks. You are right about the HubPage police. I posted a hub last night that had been the end of a comment that I had made on a friend's hub. It had got "sort of poetic" and I thought it was quite nice. So I published it... within half an hour it had been "unpublished" and I was told I was a very naughty boy and plagiarised my own poem... and I was to edit it at once!!!!

Ha!


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

The cursive writing style of the Arabic script is a work of art. I like this line "Did not the gentlest breeze disturb such sweet silhouettes and contours?" It expresses so well the beauty and harmony of the Arabic calligraphy.This is a lovely poem to read.meandering in unhurried and gentle undulation through a simuous stream" ;)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

SilentReed, thank you for your visit and your satisfying comments. You know I am pleased to welcome you if ever, and whenever, you care to wander by.

Thank you.

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