Guest Speaker

by Mark Chmiel

You came to class to tell your story
As you surely had done many times elsewhere

How you became a serious Muslim
While at a West Coast Jesuit university

I’d heard many stories about you
From students who were on-goingly inspired by you

So I wanted students that spring morning
To be face to face with you for 75 minutes

Smiling, you sat in front of us
Sharing the steppingstones on your path

Opened yourself to our questions
As if there was no place you’d rather be

Mentioned casually you were in your residency
Had worked 110 hours the past week

It was a mystery then
And remains so all these years later—

You were the most radiant and serene person
I had seen in years

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