First Themed Improv Challenge – Theme: Orchids

My first theme received from The Dreaming is Orchids.

Fajr, the Islamic morning prayer, takes place in the very early hours of the night in Scotland during summer (1.33am!) As such, I found myself in deep thought in those few moments before I took my place at my prayer mat, and thought about what I knew of these beautiful flowers.
I recalled that once, as a child, I had seen a bouquet being given to a grieving family during a funeral, and the silent smile that spread across the lady’s mouth as she stared into the depths of the white aromatic arrangement was one of acceptance and relief.
Is this why, I wondered, the white orchid was known as a ‘sympathy’ flower? I hadn’t known of this before, yet from the expressions given by those receiving the bitter-sweet gift, the quiet meaning behind those elegant petals was clear – even to an eleven year old child.

I then also remembered that I have once heard of these flowers being related to ‘angels’ in many stories, and have also seen images of the angel orchid, also known as Habenaria Grandifloriformis.

The two memories connected instantly, and a method to their amalgamation – in the form of the following poem – sprung to mind.



From a single point you grow so bright,
my sweetest angel.
You spread your wings and soon take flight,
my sweetest angel.

A beauty to rival the rose in bloom,
my dearest angel.
With Heaven’s scent upon your plume,
my dearest angel.

You cast a coolness upon my eyes,
my brightest angel.
Give birth to hope that never dies,
my brightest angel.

Engulf this soul in the warmth of your wings,
my beloved angel.
Ease the path to what eternity brings,
my beloved angel.

Guide me with scent to the eternal gate,
my forever angel.
A gift of love to close my fate,
my forever angel.

(Image taken from

© Naziyah Mahmood, 2014.


4 thoughts on “First Themed Improv Challenge – Theme: Orchids

  1. A contradiction you are and very elegant in your words masha’Allah. The Orchid has the power to impress and leave your amazed..

    • My deepest apologies for this ridiculously late reply, Nadeem. I understand that a reply now to your wonderfully kind message may feel rather redundant to you, but I only saw it now on reviewing the page =(
      I’m so very sorry.

      Thank you so much for your incredibly kind comment. Indeed, Allah (swt) is the greatest of artists, and His creation is so inspiring =)

      I pray that you and your loved ones are doing very well, and that you’re staying warm during these cold winter months ^-^

      Peace and blessings,

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