Holistic Poetry

Writer. Poet. Lyrical Artist. Student of Medicine.

Choices & Actions

by Zeeshawn M. Chughtai

#97 // Every late-night talk show host could tell you that the outline to this story is disappointingly familiar. You wake up to see the horrific news. You offer your thoughts and prayers to the victims. If you’re brown, you linger at the thought of the suspect remotely sharing any label you wear. Regardless, you still condemn their actions even though any decent human being wouldn’t need to. Politicians play identity politics with the labels involved hoping to score points at the expense of lives lost. Mental illness and/or terrorism are perceived less as causes due to a pattern of behavior but more so as symptoms due to one’s degree of melanin. But what about the families? The ones who’ve suffered at the hands of senseless violence and hate are as human as I. If they hurt, so do I. That’s what my faith tells me. Violence is violence. Hate is hate. But what we choose to do in our actions as an immediate response are more important than we realize. Fight fear with courage and solidarity. Tackle confusion with shared common values. Bridge ignorance with context and measured dialogue. Honor the families and their lost loved ones. This is how we all move forward 🙏🏽

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I was strollin through D.C. last Saturday when my fam and I ended up in Georgetown and saw Kenny Sway do his thing singin some dope R&B to a full crowd. We listened in and loved his set. Not knowin him, I went up to him after he was done and shared my mutual respect as an artist. “Do you freestyle?” he asked. Well, you know… #DCFreestyle

Immigrant Glory | Spoken Word | U.S. State Department

by Zeeshawn M. Chughtai

I was humbled and honored to be invited by the U.S State Department to share my family’s immigrant story. With humor, love, and storytelling I shared my spoken word piece as a Muslim, as an American, and as a Pakistani in hopes to humanize any people that desire to live in America and work for the American Dream.

Be Kind

by Zeeshawn M. Chughtai

#92 // When I exited the gym with my sister last night, I noticed an older woman in the corner of my eye some distance away walking towards me. Without a second thought, I held the door open. "Are you holding that…for me?" she asked with a puzzled look. "Of course," I replied with a smile, "It's meant for you." I didn't think much of it, but this small kindness meant the world to her. She couldn't contain her excitement when she shared her name and asked us ours. You could almost feel the light from her face renewing a familiar glow. In our conversation I learned she was originally from Taiwan, now retired with a love for traveling the world. When I told her our family is from Pakistan, she gushed over the idea of visiting. As we parted ways she repeatedly told me, "We need more people like you in this world." — Her words, in return, reminded me of a chapter in the Qur'an entitled "Al-Maun" (Small Kindnesses). I asked my mom about it last night and today during Friday prayer the imam recited it beautifully. The serendipity in it all moved me as a gift and lesson from the Divine. Don't let your kindness come at the cost of receiving it. It's too precious for that. Just be kind.

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