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First Line: Who loves water should kneel at noon beside
Last Line: To allah, the merciful and compassionate.
Subject(s): Prayer; Religion; Theology


Who loves water should kneel at noon beside
A spring underneath a tamarisk tree
After blistering winds from burning sands
And light that sears the sight pitilessly.
Let firm cupped hands dip deep and drink each drop
In ecstasy. Forget the hours of heat,
And like believers before the sacred mosques
Make cool ablutions, preparations for prayer,
Then kneel once more, murmuring Bismillah
To Allah, the merciful and compassionate.





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