The dream’s illusion

Sleep, dream, imagination
Suddenly the eyes are opening
The headaches
I glance and click on the blue spot
There is a strange pyramid from bottom to top
An airplane is flying over it
Down there beside it, and those people are looking up
At the airplane that flies away from them
The body language is confused
I glance and click on the blue spot
There is a strange pyramid from bottom to top
There is an airplane coming from the far
A person is on the top
An airplane is flying over it
They look at the airplane while it is flying away
The flow of the stream
Too many thoughts go through
Imagination, dream, sleep

© Ismael Mansoor

Be good

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

Be good, be good, and be good
All of you know that we have heard or seen for a thousand times
That keeps telling us, so this sentence is
Be good, be good, and be good
The history its timeline that they kept telling us
Be good, be good, and be good, this they kept telling us
Because some people were and are not to be good
However, they continue to keep telling us even we all know it
That we have heard or seen for a thousand times
We all know but still, continue to keep telling
Until when one day we finally, be good

©️ Ismael Mansoor

A spirit who believes

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

I tell myself that I am a man of the Earth
Yet a spirit who believes in our Holy Creator
How I save myself from my weakness
I shall remember to pray to Him
For He who gifted me a mind’s wisdom
And an understanding’s riddle in the writing
Riddle, is a man who in the heart of hope
Understand to the soul, the need for the soul
And the time to come to tell the world

© Ismael Mansoor

Don’t give up

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

Don’t give up
You, you, you
All of you are giving up?
No, no, no
No
Don’t give up
You all are very beautiful souls
You? You? You?
Give up?
Don’t
No, no, no
No
Remember all of you, no
Remember all of you are very beautiful souls
Heart, body, very sacred
All of you are giving up?
Don’t
No, no, no
All of you are beautiful souls
All of you
Give up?
Don’t

© Ismael Mansoor

My hopeful hands

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

Too many thoughts went through my mind
Words, words, words, and too many words
Feelings, emotions, they make me think
But, I look at my hands for a hope

My hands hold each other
I won’t give up
Salvage
But, I look at my hand for a hope

Everyone is speaking
The ears are being nagged
The mouths are talking
But, I look at my hand for a hope

© Ismael Mansoor

Love’s not giving up

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

The bird is fluttering its wings
It is searching for something
For years, years and years
The bird is fluttering its wings
Tweeting, tweeting, and tweeting
It saw something
The bird is fluttering its wings
Tweeting at the other bird
The other bird is tweeting back
They touch their beaks
They look at each other in delight
They flutter their wings together
The other bird falls down
The bird flutters down
It touches the other bird’s beak
Bumps it up and encourages
It to come up, they flutter up together
They are fluttering their wings together
The bird falls down
The other bird flutters down
It touches the bird’s beak
Bumps it up and encourages
It to come up, they flutter up together
They are fluttering their wings together
They both fall down
They both encourage each other
Then they both continue fluttering
Their wings together
Tweeting, tweeting, and tweeting

© Ismael Mansoor

Take a shoot (SASL poem)

Translation from South African Sign Language (SASL) into English

Magic is spelling
I can see my two hands
It turns into a ball
The ball is reaching toward me
Suddenly it puts on my ears
Beep, beep, beep
I look around in suspect
I put down my earphones
The ground is shaking

Magic is spelling
I can see my two hands
My two hands are reaching toward me
Suddenly I wear hearing aids
Hear, hear, hear
I get headaches, it pains
Ring, ring, ring
I take off my hearing aids
Take a shoot

© Ismael Mansoor