In writing these poems, I've taken the name Nadeem, which is Arabic for friend. And I honor a lost friend also named Nadeem -- I was so angrysad over his suicide that I began to really write for the first time. Kibriya is Arabic for the glory and grandeur of the Divine that in the Sufi tradition exists at all times, everywhere, in everything and nothing. Kibriya is absolutely beautiful, absolutely normal, absolutely terrifying, absolutely perfect. These poems are my humble attempts to express the humor, sadness, awe, fear, joy, love, humility, and ecstacy of surrendering to the Divine. I've shamelessly copied the styles of Jalal-ud-Din Rumi and Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz, as translated and rendered by Andrew Harvey, Coleman Barks, and Daniel Ladinsky.
Read everything or nothing, as you wish, and may you always incite joy. The Beloved awaits!