We go out by the lake
to kick rocks
It reminds us of the days in which
the boys would play with girls
and the girls would play with boys
As we grew older,
our momma and father separated us from the lake
they told us that we are too old to play with boys now
we soon began wearing hijab and covering our bodies
the same girls and boys at the lake played together
Tim, Sarah, Aziza, and Zaid
they asked why we don’t play anymore
they asked why we cover now
they asked why we pray now
they asked why we fast in ramadan
We didn’t say anything, but give our salams
They continued about their way
Playing and laughing and forgetting about their obligations
You can hear them laughing and giggling all day
by the lake
Sometimes you would see them kissing or holding hands with one another
We were told by our parents to take heed to what we are seeing
This world will race pass us
This life we live is nothing but tests and trials
We should strive to be close to our Lord
My friend is soon going to move away from me because she just got married
I will just be here alone
with my parents and siblings
I love my sister alot because she was there when I wanted to go out to the lake and play
but she reminded me that the lake was only the playground for dunya
I didn’t really understand what she or my parents meant by that
I used to play there along with my friend at the lake until we became 7.
Our parents told us we are becoming women.
We didn’t understand what that meant
Until we saw the looks that Zaid and Tim gave Sarah and Azizah
Or the way that Azizah and Sarah would play with their hair and blush
My mom and her mom didn’t know we knew these things
but we saw as we got older how the lake turned our old friends into chasers of the dunya
Thats when my friend wanted to get married.
She was a smart girl and knew her deen.
She always told me to learn mines even when she was gone
I know I can call or visit, but now she is married- It’s different.
So, when I come home from school I look outside and see them playing by the lake, ignoring the adthan, not fasting ramadan, and playing with each other as if they were kids, but I remember…
What my parents and my friend had told me..
This world is nothing but a trial for the believer
So you have to stand strong even if you are alone