Once Solomon told a man with worries:
that life is a tree with people’s lives
hanging on it like leaves.
When your leaf falls
your time is up, time to go.
But I’d like to know when it’s
my time said the man with worries.
Azrael will give you four signs:
Your grayish hairs, aching bones,
waning health, & loved ones’ deaths.
I could miss those but who knows
maybe you can help me face its woes.
How so Solomon with a straight face?
You said that every animal knows
when someone’s time is up before he goes.
So if you can teach me their languages
I may be brave to face Azrael’s
claws knowing I can answer those
questions by the tomb’s Angels.
Solomon made the man’s wishes
come true and many years later
the man overheard loud arguments
between an alpha wolf and his chicken’s
rooster; you promised me fresh meat
if I spared thee said the wolf.
Well it’s not my fault, the donkey was
supposed to die but my owner sold him
first thing at dawn, but today the maid
will slide and drown in the river, her corpse
is your meal, for your own sake lets
pray your owner doesn’t sell her as well.
But our fella sold the maid that evening.
Now you are mine you & your chickens too.
Wait, wait, my owner is dying tomorrow
in the afternoon, you can dig him out.
Horrified by this, the man panicked
and ran to Solomon crying out his fears.
Did you not receive Azrael’s signs?
I did & I also listened to the animals
on my farm but it all backfired on me.
See I heard the rooster say the donkey
will die so I sold him, then the maid
and I sold her too but today, I heard am dying
tomorrow in the afternoon, I need a way out
or more time to prepare to face Azrael & his friends.
It is your fault, each of those were sacrifices
on your behalf to give you time to fix your matters.
Now all you can do is wait for your time.
No wait, you can help me just one more time.
You can not escape death don’t you know?
You have a flying carpet & God gave you miracles
All I ask is that your carpet flies me to a land no one knows.
I will catch my breath and maybe buy time from Azrael’s claws.
Solomon took his time didn’t answer until the next morning
when he ordered the carpet to fly the man wherever he wanted.
Azrael was Solomon’s best friend & he dropped by just as
the man sat on the carpet that whisked him where nobody knows.
Hey where’s that guy going? Is he terrified said Azrael.
Well he is trying to evade you, and buy time.
It’s okay am not destined to take his soul in this
land but in a while in the land he is going.
Praise be to the Lord who gave me command
over time, language of animals & friendship
with death said Solomon in a keen voice.
No one dies before their time
But they leave behind love ones
and every single dime.
You only live once
but your choice can be a rime
of good deeds or charcoals
that’ll blaze your afterlife
with eternal torment’s daze.
Well my good friend said Azrael in his
all knowing voice:
Have you seen winding sheets?
They are pocketless pieces
of cloth used to wrap bodies
of dead people put in the grounds.
I take souls of the good like silk threads
pulled from dough & engulf them in mercies
like feathers place carefully on pillows.
But I take souls of bad persons
like a thousand spiking chains
ablaze with scorching fires
that scrape skin and flesh along hell’s paths.
Even if you are locked behind doors
safe in your citadels or kings on your thrones
commanding lives & deaths of your peoples
my King has given me powers over yours.
Praise be to the Lord said Solomon in a humble voice:
Death isn’t a clime
limited to a person or time.
But how you spend your time
on this earth defines you as grime
or sublime for a lifetime
in that world so prepare anytime
to reach the end of your life’s line.
Be present spiritually all the time.
Inspired by : "أينما كنتم يدرككم الموت ولو كنتم في بروجٍ مشيدة " Aynama Kontum yodrikkomul mawto walaw kontom fi boroujin moshayada": Wherever you may be even if you were in fortified towers, death will find thee verse 78 of Surat Alnisaa(parable of women) from the Holy Quran.