Ps. 90: Praise the Mountains

Usman Hameedi is a Pakistani-American scientist, poet, and teaching artist. Since 2008, he has competed in and coached for collegiate, national, and international level poetry slams. He has been featured on Upworthy, Huffington Post, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, and the Story Collider: Storytelling for Scientists podcast. As a scientist, Usman has contributed to academic and industry laboratories with an array of research targets, including cancers and neurological disorders. Of all the things he has done, he is most proud of inspiring others to dream big and see the greatness within themselves!

 

 

Praise the Mountains

Carved and sculpted rock.

Nothing escapes their ancient and all-knowing eyes.

I’ve grown up seeing steel stretch into the sky,

mesmerized by the human imagination.

But now, those buildings stand so short; so tiny

are our greatest triumphs. Dwarfed by the Towering Earth,

praise the Ones who humble us with their being.

Teach us that problems piled onto stiff shoulders,

metal stacked onto concrete, statues birthed by arrogant men

can turn to dust, to old memories, to stories of yesterday.

Gone as quick as they arrived. The Mountains have seen these same

histories pass by them. Now, I see all that was before me. I wonder

how hard Their hands worked to create all of this wisdom.

I am a child thankful for this eternal love. All I have left to give is my gratitude.

 

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