44th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 44th Virtual Poetry Circle.  The poetry doesn’t stop here on the blog just because National Poetry Month ends.

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Today, we’re going to visit with a contemporary poet, Abdulaziz. From the book Poems From Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak by Marc Falkoff (page 23):

I Shall Not Complain

I shall not complain to anyone or expect grace from anyone
other than God, so help me God.

O Lord, my heart is plagued with troubles.

I shall not complaint to anyone other than You, even if the seas
complain of dryness.

My spirit is free in the heavens, while my body is overpowered
by chains.

Praise God, who has granted me patience in times of adversity
and gratitude in times of gladness.

Praise God, who placed a garden and an orchard in my bosom,
so they will be with me always.

Praise God, who has granted me faith and made me a Muslim.

Praise God, Lord of the world.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles, check them out here. It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. There’s a heaviness to this poem; the person obviously is suffering. But the poem also shows great faith, keeping their sights on God despite everything they’re going through. To me, this line says it all: “My spirit is free in the heavens, while my body is overpowered by chains.”