Physical Dhikr

It passed through in the milk, crossed
the placenta’s lifeblood bridge
entered muscles, bones, capillaries
a synaptic code message
I heard it sung as I was rocked in
water where I could not drown
kept in perfect floating stasis
no bias of up nor down
learned the meaning of protection there
of never feeling fear
an anti-gravity encasement
warmed by nearness of the Near
had it rhythmically taught to me
in mother hadra dance
listened quietly as she sung it
in my almost-sleeping trance.
No matter what questions might pose themselves
like mirror-gawking girls
reflecting endlessly upon their looks
their freckles and their curls
there is something in my cells I
cannot disdain or regret
there’s remembrance in my body;
I can’t physically forget.

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