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A Dance of Unfulfilled Dreams

Misbah enjoys poetry and conveys the messages of love through her poems.


The Madness of Her Life was Performed In a Dance

She performs a dance

with her arms spread

as she dances

about her unfulfilled dreams.

Nothing is safe from her footsteps now

An unyielding dancer

In her sleepless evenings,

she dances with her head flung back

Her life in the roaring young age

Her troubled body

Forgets all of her worries

She throws back her hands,

freeing herself,

She drives away the devils of her fever,

Her arms whirling,

her abundant sorrows,

her wounded heart,

her trembling voice,

Reaching high and High

Yet she is on the floor

seeing no one around her

Carelessly whirling and dancing,

like nobody is around

The man standing behind

saw her getting lost

her forehead wet,

and her feet bleeding.

He notices her heart contracting,

In the path of the frenzied dancer

He adored everything.

He saw in her a dazzling bride

But he no longer has any dreams.

He is the follower of reality

Have seen the worst of everything

Not ready to handle her dreams

She, on the other hand,

is a dancer of unmet dreams.

Until the illusion is broken

Until the unfathomable comes to an end

She, a Butterfly with a strange hue

Will continue to dance

of her unfulfilled dreams

dancing and whirling

the madness of her life

Her anger and disappointment

Lost in whirling

She is ready to dream again

Will continue to inspire herself

She knows the value of herself

Knows that no one can snatch her dreams

She is a woman, so she is weak

that's what you think

She was made as your partner

God created her out of your Rib

From under your arm so you protect her,

near to your heart so you can love her

Don't let her dreams shatter

Care her and love her

You will be questioned one day

for all the sorrows you will give her

Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him.

— Matthew Henry, An Exposition of the Old and New Testament Volume 6

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh


VIDYA D SAGAR on July 24, 2021:

Great poem Misbah about the strength of a woman. Though her drems are shattered she never gives up but continues to inspire herself. Dance is a form of release for her from the pain. Blessings.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 22, 2021:


You got it. God is there.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 22, 2021:

This is an amazing poem, Misbah. I could feel every emotion in the poem .She fights against all odds to follow her dreams. She's a strong woman.

Well done my dear friend.

Honestly, you wrote this one so beautifully. Hugs and blessings.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2021:

It would be wonderful if everyone could find their soulmate. The dancing woman you portray in your poem has not yet found hers. It is a sad poem but undoubtedly reflects some people's path in life. I can imagine her bloodied feet as she keeps twirling. You brought this poem to life!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 22, 2021:

I can feel the pain of the dancer in your poem. Whatever happens, a woman has a strong will, spirit, and courage to face what comes her way and keep going on.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 22, 2021:

Yes, and that's our story, no matter how deep we bruised whether physically or emotionally the music will continue to play as our body move gracefully. Wht a strong message behind your words dear sister. Absolutely beautiful!

Here's my power hugs and kisses.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 22, 2021:

Melancholy sweeps over me as I read this. Dreams are supposed to be beautiful and hope-filled, a source of inspiration. I did not feel that from this dancer. She danced the dance of frustrations, and she danced to escape pain. Quite well-written and quite sad.

Beautiful work, my friend.

Blessings always

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your beautiful response, Moon. I, too, love that quote and Islam also teaches us the same that the woman is created from the rib of man

Hadith: “Treat women kindly. Woman has been created from a rib and the most bent part of the rib is the uppermost. If you try to turn it straight, you will break it. And if you leave it alone, it will remain bent as it is. So treat women kindly.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Blessings and Love, dear sister

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Chitra Di, thank you for describing my writing as powerful. I am grateful for your thoughtfulness. Di, that means a lot to me. Yes, I agree that dance is a form of meditation, as well as a form of therapy. I'm glad you liked it.

Many Blessings and Love to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Pamela, I always like receiving your comments and reading them is always a joy. You are always very kind with your words, which I truly appreciate. I'm delighted I was able to capture the dancer's enthusiasm and strength in the poem.

Sending you many blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Rosina, thank you very much for your thoughtful and lovely response. I'm very delighted you think I did a good job of depicting the dancer in this poem. It was something new for me. But I'm delighted you enjoyed it. I genuinely appreciate your kind words of appreciation. It means a great deal to me.

Blessings and Love

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 22, 2021:

Salam Misbah,

You have created a beautiful poem. And the quote is fantastic. She must be strong because only she can protect herself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts...

Stay safe and healthy...

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Vanita, you are very kind and generous. I'm glad it was a wonderful morning read for you. I wish you all the best in everything you do.

Blessings and Love, dear friend

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Reading your kind comment, John, makes me feel so much better. I'm glad the title drew your attention. I am overjoyed that I was able to depict the dancer through my words. This was my first effort at writing this type of poetry. To be honest, I was worried about publishing it. But it feels so good to have such positive responses from everyone.

Blessings always, dear friend

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your very kind and generous response, Flourish.

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Bredz, thank you very much for your sweet and beautiful words. Yes, I agree that some may believe she is weak, but she is stronger and has the ability to motivate herself. She will continue to dream.

No one can take her dreams away from her. When God is there to support her, she doesn't need anyone else. Hugs!

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Ms Dora, you are so sweet. Thank you very much. You are extremely kind. I'm glad you liked it. I'm pleased to know that my words were able to capture the dancer and her emotions.

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind response, Nella.

Blessings to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Ameen! Bro, Ibadah is always the way. Thank you so much for your lovely response. Evocative? Really. Thank you so much for your lovely words of appreciation. I believe it is a dream. Gratitude.

Such kind words of appreciation from you mean a lot to me. I hope you are feeling well.

Blessings and Peace

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on July 22, 2021:

Amen! Linda, thank you so much for your kindness and for sharing your lovely thoughts. I sincerely appreciate it, dear friend. I am delighted to hear that you are happy with your partner and that he cares and loves you. I wish you every happiness in this world and the hereafter. May God always keep you happy and keep the evil eye away from you. Amen!

Much Love, dear friend. Keep yourself safe and healthy, and take good care of yourself.

I'm sending you and your loved ones my best wishes.

Blessings always!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 22, 2021:

This is powerful writing, Misbah! Exemplary expressions!

Your words have personified the characteristics of a woman, her inner strength, which makes her stand up, again and again, in spite of all odds, obstacles and heartbreaks.

Dance is a kind of meditation, and it’s therapeutic too. In times of distress, singing, as if no one is listening, and dancing, as if no one is watching, helps a lot.

Thank you for sharing this heartfelt poem.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 22, 2021:

This is a wonderful poem, Misbah. The strength of the woman dancer despite dreams not fulfilled really comes through your words. I felt like I could see her strength as she danced. Beautifully done!

Love and blessings.

Rosina S Khan on July 21, 2021:

This is beautiful poetry about a lady dancing a dance of unfulfilled dreams yet so much with grace and elegance that she is bound to overcome and actually fulfill her dreams. Great thoughts and imagination in the poem. Loved it all. Thank you, Misbah, for a gorgeous contribution.

Vanita Thakkar on July 21, 2021:

Poem of intense strength and courage that every woman lives with. Beautiful. Good read for me this morning. Going ahead with my work now. Best wishes and blessings.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 21, 2021:

What a delightful poem, Misbah. The wonderful title alone drew me in and the poetry did not disappoint. I could see the dancer clearly in my mind. Well done.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 21, 2021:

What a heartfelt poem full of beauty and grace

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 21, 2021:

Great poem Misbah.

Others may think she is weak, but she is so much stronger.

Though the heartache is real and the pain hurts her deeply, she will continue on to follow her dreams.

No one can take them away from her andcone day all who mistreated her will be judged for their wrongdoings.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 21, 2021:

Beautiful! There is great depth to your words. Dancer of dreams! That image alone paints the woman as an overcomer, even if the dreams are not yet fulfilled.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on July 21, 2021:

Intense and interesting poem. Very moving

manatita44 from london on July 21, 2021:

Evocative and interesting. Exquisite and stunning write! Let us continue our prayers, inshal'lah. Ibadah is always ... always the way! Ameen!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 21, 2021:

Misbah, this made me weep; weeping for my sisters from all corners of the earth who have experienced as many seasons as have I, and weeping for myself.

In my mind and heart, I am still a young woman. I am nimble and agile. I have the strength and body of a gazelle and everlasting endurance. But this is not reality. In truth, my person is fragile and tired. My body aches and my joints are swollen.

Nevertheless, I have a partner, a soulmate who, as of just last Sunday, has spent 40 years of his life married to me. He shields and comforts me. Although he understands my frailties, his love for me grows only stronger. He still sees in me the vigor of youth. And we know that, when our days on this earth are over, we will still be together in our Eternal home.

I miss the person I once was, but I am blessed. I pray that my sisters in spirit can find their comfort, blessed place.

Love to you.

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