Book of poems introduces Indian culture through author’s personal journey

Zakiah Sayeed puts her mind, body and soul on paper in her poetry book, “Stray Thoughts/Winged Words”

(PR NewsChannel) / July 26, 2012 / QUINCY, Ill. 

"Stray Thoughts/Winged Words"

"Stray Thoughts/Winged Words" by Zakiah Sayeed

“Stray Thoughts/Winged Words” (ISBN 1468090100) by Zakiah Sayeed explores the author’s life in poetic form. Composed of elements from the past and present, fiction and reality, the stray and winged words of Sayeed’s elegant script welcomes readers to a world of raw beauty, true emotion and sometimes painful reality.

The compositions of her poems are free verse, and many of them are without rhyming stanzas. She says that when words come to her they have no rhythm or rhyme. Sayeed describes her words as her personal expressions that are woven together in a tapestry, some knotty and some that blend into the rhythm of her poems. The majority of her poems are fictional, but a few deal with day to day realities.

Her book’s genre is a free-flowing cascade of personal words as her thoughts often come to her fractured, sometimes in the middle of the night and other times when she is attending a party or driving around in the car.  From there, she goes about setting them in the way she thinks, without typical poetry forms like sestinas or haikus.

Sayeed’s book detracts from the monotony of other poetry books in that it includes pages of prose and artfully composed letters that give insight into her life, children and grandchildren. She describes this book to readers as if they are taking a look inside her heart. 

“I want them to know how a human heart can take care of patients and have a scientific attitude one minute, and convert to more humanistic and passionate tenderness the next,” Sayeed says. “I would like my readers to like my books enough to keep it on their desk and read from it often.”

“Stray Thoughts/ Winged Words” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Zakiah Sayeed Ali was born in India, and moved to the United State after she married. She graduated from Christian Medical College in South India. Sayeed practiced family medicine and surgical pathology for 28 years before retiring in 2006. 

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