137 pages, 70 pieces of Poetry, 5 Poetic Stories

Introduced by Dr. Faryal Ahmed

"Ali's is a voice yearning to be heard, to be cherished, to be recognized and above all, to be loved. It is a cry of a soul wanting to be set free".

Artwork by Idrees Ibrahim Al-Hooti

Selected pieces of poetry

Wherever You Are..

I hope wherever you are, you are in a happy place
Smiling, gracefully, like you do every day
I cannot help but think of your smile
Your eyes, your whims - even your sighs
I cannot help but think and ponder
The child, inside of me, that you have woken up to look yonder
This feeling of love
That you have injected me with
The happiness that I look forward to, the only thought that keeps up my chin

I wish that where-ever you are, you are in a happy place
The only place that I can think of that you would always be smiling from within

I hope wherever you are
You are always smiling
Having the joy of your life

You have no idea
What you have taught me
You are a true inspiration
How could I ever live without you in my life?


Born to live a life that is unworthy of lovers’ race

Born to live and die, first or last place

Born to the hunger

Born to the cries

Born to the pain that lingers

That’s born to kill and hide

Born to the love

That does not exist

Born to the days

Of fog and mist

Born to the sun

That fries your brain

Born to a world

That has gone insane

Born to the smile

And the laugh of a child

Born to beauty

That hits you like a tide

Born with the guilt

Of oppression, colour and race

Born to hatred

The fight you fight is just as endless as your fate

Born with the flower

In your hand

Born to a world

That you try to understand

Born to learn

That love isn’t about fairytales

Born to know

That mistakes are learnt as reality hits you in the face

Born with a smile that lies across your face

That one day, I’ll meet you and we’ll smile yet again.