As I am sitting here
in warm Dubai
my thoughts are flowing…
We are loving the winter time we have now,
with no humidity to speak of,
waking up each and every day to a warmth
we only know from those rare summer days,
no cold wind, no rain, just Mother Nature at her best.
I’m listening to the noises coming from the street…
The weekend has started today with a public holiday
and more people than usual are gathering together to celebrate,
because for Muslim people, tonight is the night they celebrate
Islamic New Year.
Honks from cars, people strolling the streets,
the warm air is filled with people’s hopes and wishes
for another year.
Still, I couldn’t help but wonder
what some of the people I have briefly met,
are doing right now…
Like the friendly man, waiting on the street
and who so gracefully posed for me,
will he be saying his prayers for a happy new year?
Or the man steering the abra,
those lovely wooden boats crossing the creek,
what will he be doing tonight,
or will this be a normal night to him
like it is to us…
Are they sitting at their homes alone or with friends,
welcoming the new year that is starting tonight…
Or is their religion different and will the new year
start the same day as ours on December 31st…
For the Chinese, new year doesn’t even start until
So many people with different days of celebrating.
Yes, we are all different but we are more alike…
And even though we don’t celebrate tonight as a new beginning,
I was aware that today mattered to others.
What are these people wishing for in their new year…
What are their hopes and dreams…
Perhaps it’s to be with their loved ones,
who sadly for so many people working here,
are not with them, but are living separate lives
back in their home country…
Yes, Dubai has opened my eyes and ears,
making me stop in my tracks,
with wonder and amazement…
So for tonight, may all your wishes be positive ones,
because it doesn’t matter when the new year begins,
every morning starts with a brand new day…
Enjoy the weekend!