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November 3, 2004
The Greatest Tests of Patience

by Gillette aka Hassan[uddin] Khaja


FIFTY BUCKS!?!?!?!?!?!
I could've just hopped a ride on the back of a truck
Or did you expect me to ride on the bus?
I could've just as easily and feasibly parked in New Brunswick illegally
And paid half of the massive fine
I could've had the last laugh this time
In fact, I could've paid nothing if I had a dime
To fill the meter
And try to get back in time while the little black arrow teeters
Between a black line and "violationĒ
If all fails, at least the city doesn't keep me from graduation
It seems the only thing that's keeping me is their infatuation with putting red envelopes on my windshield
Like their field of vision is limited to the scope in which they can wield their ticket machines
'Cause I didnít pay the cost of the overpriced permit, that isnít even valid everywhere
I'd rather share it with someone who lives way up there in Newark
And pay a fraction of the fare
With money to spare to pay someone to re-style my facial hair
Because it always frizzes up in the overcrowded double "G"
When I want to scream, until I realize Iím fasting
And I do this for a reward that is everlasting
And I'm so immersed in my reflections on the reward Iím amassing
THAT I MISS MY STOP!!!!!!!!!!
I throw out all patience in light of the all the minor adversities that I'm facing
I start complaining that I've been so complacent about how long I waited
At the bus stop, only to later have this ill-fated encounter with the driver
And I'm going to contact his supervisor
If only I could've remember that bus number
Why not? I spent a whole half-an-hour on it as it lumbered through gridlock
I spent the whole time staring at my socks
'Cause I felt like I was stuck in a box
Where, once again my patience is being tested by the one with the cell phone
That's making life a living hell
But I remember that I can't dwell on this fact
Ramadan's the month to be strong from dusk till dawn
So I withhold my tongue until my anger is gone


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Faisal Akhtar said

Cell phones, body odor and late busses are the greatest tests of patience? LOL.

Our patience has not been tested yet.

on November 3, 2004 7:37 PM
Justoju said

Its the little things that we dont notice as 'tests' that edge us closer and closer to utter ungratefulness and arrogant impatience. Once we are able to recognize something as being a test, half the test seems to have been passed because we can then strategize and stay in control.

One of my favorite lines from C.S. Lewis' "Screwtape Letters" (pg. 56):

"It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."

Related side note- I got a parking ticket today for parking too close to a stop sign. I am trying to comfort myself by telling myself that my wealth (haha) is being cleansed of money that could have been tainted with the haram (which, considering the capitalist banking system, would prolly be all of it)...that and that I need to learn trivial and meaningless parking laws and attempt to be a better member of the society I am in.

on November 3, 2004 11:35 PM
Mohammed Irfan Sharif aka Infamous "S" said

Kajaaaamanaja,
As always you bring a smile to my face. Indeed, patience is a virtue and can be measured in many ways, but you and I both know how, on a daily basis, patience is always something we struggle with and are learning to do better with.

If body odor is really a problem, Brotha Man Irfan, has always got some cologne lying around somewhere. lol Keep on writing, because you cause discussion and communication, something that I value dearly.

See you on the A bus from College Av, to make sure we get into MCMC for salat

Mohammed Irfan Shariff

on November 7, 2004 10:47 AM
Justoju said

Best line:
"I throw out all patience in light of the all the minor adversities that I'm facing
I start complaining that I've been so complacent about how long I waited"

on December 31, 2004 2:48 AM
gillette said

"Ramadan's the month to be strong from dusk till dawn
So I withhold my tongue until my anger is gone"

it just occurred to me: dusk till dawn is night, a time when we don't fast in ramadan. no one seems to have picked up on it.

on January 28, 2005 1:03 PM
Justoju said

I think we all just figured you were a super muslim or something.

on January 28, 2005 1:10 PM
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