Posted October 12, 2012on:
A calm yet strong personality, a sharp mind, and a great heart; that’s 15-year-old Egyptian Salma Ahmad, one of my special students who never ceased to exceed my expectations, leaving a big mark in my heart and mind!
Tonight, I would like to share with you one of Salma’s lovely creations; a poem she wrote this summer about “Human Nature”
I marvel how nature could ever find space
For so many strange contrasts in one human face
There’s thought and no thought, and there’s paleness and bloom
And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.
There’s weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;
Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain
Could pierce through a temper that’s soft to disease,
Would be rational peace—a philosopher’s ease.
There’s indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,
And full attention ten times as much as there are needs;
Pride where there’s no envy, there’s so much of joy;
And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.
There’s freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare
Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she’s there,
There’s virtue, the title it surely may claim,
Yet wants heaven to know what is to be worthy the name.
This picture from nature may seem to depart,
Yet Man would at once run away with your heart;
And I for five centuries right gladly would be
Such an odd, such a kind happy creature as he.