Imagine sitting on a balcony or on a bench, even lying down on grass and looking up toward the midnight sky, utter silence embracing you as you contemplate on your journey through life thus far and fill your head with hopes of the future.
That is what I felt while reading “It’s Past Midnight Somehwere” by Jamal-e-Fatima.
Her poems have vivid imagery and sensory which takes the reader on a journey through midnight, where all things happen especially for the writer or poet whose head is bustling with ideas, begging to be expressed in the form of the written word. It is the poet’s personal memoir, from where she has been to where she is now and where she is going. The reader can relate. It is a blooming self-discovery and it inspires us to contemplate exactly that! I, too, began pondering upon the questions: Where was I, where am I, where am I going?
Most of all, this book is about self-love as in this excerpt called “Whispers:” “Lately, have you heard in the brightest dawns/ in the greyest nights/the tiny whispers of that inner child./It’s been crying out to you to hold it/to caress it,/to love it,/to return to it, all your life.”
Moreover, the excerpt entitled “Quilted Blanket” resembles a cherished past that can easily be pushed away, shut in and locked up. In doing this, we don’t realize how damaging it can be to our most inner self, forcing ourselves to forget the very thing that soothed our being, the one thing that kept us sane in the understanding that we are secure.
Upon reading some poems, I remember nodding and thinking, “I can relate to this!” or “This is so true!” There are poems, relatable especially for girls and women as in “Oceans” and “Wings.”
The titles are intriguing and the words, enticing, at times so simple, yet so complex. Once I began reading, I could not stop myself. I felt like I was in another world, experiencing the most magical adventures, all the while finding my way back to myself.
There are even illustrations of sketches related to some of the poems. “It’s Past Midnight Somewhere” is a treasure, a keepsake and an excellent gift idea for any special occasion. It is uplifting especially in trying times like these.