flowers in the bath

windows w/o walls


splish splash, flowers in the bath

iMage, gosh who splosh osh kosh b’gosh

botched plots, star crash

ring rash, sun spots

(c) daniel nehemiah oliver

the Cure (spoken word poetry)

with the Name of Allah

the All-Merciful

the Ever-Merciful


the Cure


what’ll be the retort for the oil that we import

the turmoil we export

& extortion of our courts?

overtime minimum wage 7 days

but change is short

while the chief of staff laughs

pork & fat stuck on his fork

kids are dyin’- we need support

but our troops are in foreign forts

our leaders don’t ever help

so what do they tax us for?

the haves and the have-nots

are controlled by the have-mores

2 eyes stay glued to tubes

where two-faceds make fake reports

grown men watch kiddie porn

while their daughters become whores

we fight to save species-

our own kids we abort

the world’s at the youth’s fingertips

& it makes ’em bored

the future’s in their hands

they take it, chop it & snort

there’s nothin’ good to expect

& no reason to look forward

when the old follow the young

’cause they wasted their lives before


accountants calculatin’ & countin’ don’t know the score

the eyes of the wise cry

martyrs’ wives smile as they mourn

for surely a Message Pure has reached them from our Lord

they listen when they’re informed

& take heed when they’re warned

dark days & cold nights only brighten their hearts’ warmth

& peace gleams in their eyes

even though our lives are torn

& peace leaves through our lips

though we’re grieved to receive scorn

for surely a Message Pure has reached us from your Lord


be sure that a Message Pure has reached you from our Lord


(c) daniel nehemiah oliver

Read more poems like this in “purified pages”.


GoFundMe: Emergency surgery for my baby boy


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Gerald Zuhal Oliver* was born to Daniel & Sumra Oliver last Monday, 20 August.  His four sisters welcomed him to their Lahore home with Qur-an recitations, smiles and kisses.

Gerald Zuhal’s third afternoon on this earth was spent recovering from an emergency surgical procedure to correct a potentially fatal birth defect.  His mother Sumra’s vigilance was just in time to save his life.

Although Gerald Zuhal is now relatively stable under pediatric specialist supervision, the solution to his condition requires further tests, examinations, treatments and operations, according to his lead surgeon, over a span of 3-4 months.

Daniel’s insurance does not extend to Gerald Zuhal’s healthcare, so all treatment must be paid in full at admission or discharge. The reality of specialist care, even in Pakistan, is that it is expensive.  There are few specialists of the type needed, and it was a mercy that he was in hospital rather than leave on the day of the operation.

The main goal of this Go Fund Me is to make sure baby Gerald can proceed with his treatment regimen unimpeded, for the sake of his health, and the happiness of his family;  that family of course, is you, united with us in your faith and humanity.

*Gerald Zuhal takes his first name from his father’s father.  Zuhal, his middle name, is an Arabic name of the distant planet Saturn.

Click HERE for Gerald Zuhal Oliver’s GoFundMe Page.



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