The Emerald Mosque on the Hill

By Raza Ali Hasan
In the lull, the afternoon sun warms
the linseed field. The flowers are quiet,

their bright subdued in the green
while the mind wanders

to the emerald mosque upon the hill,
built around a flowing spring,

the easy absolutions and ablutions
in that mosque where the spring water

has been let loose to meander
over marble courtyards and inner chambers,

across the geometric, green-tiled floor that
cools the heels of the faithful.

Raza Ali Hasan, "The Emerald Mosque on the Hill" from Grieving Shias. Copyright © 2006 by Raza Ali Hasan.  Reprinted by permission of The Sheep Meadow Press.

Source: Grieving Shias (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2006)

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Poet Raza Ali Hasan

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Social Commentaries

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 Raza Ali Hasan


The Pakistani-American poet Raza Ali Hasan came to America in 1991. He earned a BA and an MA from the University of Texas, Austin, and an MFA from Syracuse University.
In a 2006 interview with the Syracuse Daily Orange, Hasan noted, “I am not interested in protest poetry or activist poetry. My aim is to draw a more accurate, full picture of the world. In order to have the whole picture, you need to bring the whole world in.” . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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