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Stuck in Traffic Salawat

اللهم صل وسلم على الذي

يسعى إليه كل من ضل السبيل

عدد أنوار القوافل والراكبات

وعدد المسافرين ‏والقادة

فمن تمت رحلته جوار الحبيب

فقد رزق في رحلته بكل ما أراد

we who have lost our way pray:

Ya Allah, send Your Peace and Blessings

upon our Compass

our Northern Star 

our Drinking Gourd 

as many times as there are lights 

leading caravans and cars

headlights and stars

and as many times as there is light

on the faces of

travelers and wanderers

for we know,

whosoever concludes their journey by his side

has reached a destination 

sought by every guide


it’s all ephemeral

except the One

Rooted in the rainy Pacific Northwest, Efemeral’s multilingual written verse and spoken word performance entwine reflections on faith, language and the human psyche. Her latest English works have been published in the anthology, “A Kaleidoscope of Stories” published by Lote Tree Press. She has pieces in anthologies by Rumi Center for Spirituality and the Arts and was also published in The Puritan’s 2019 issue, “What Does It Mean to be a Muslim Writer?”. Her Arabic poetry is currently featured in the public art piece “Weaving Cultural Identities: Threads Through Time” curated by Vancouver Biennale. With(in) her communities, she enjoys facilitating poetry workshops and collaborating with fellow creatives.

Efemeral acknowledges the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations on whose traditional and unceded territories she lives, writes and performs.

You can find her on Instagram as @poetefemeral or reach her by email at poetefemeral@gmail.com.

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