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Saturday, July 23, 2016

barfani sehra

is barfani sehra maiN tu maiN
aur andaishON
wahimON ki bahar
________________

The rigmarole Of this Mesh Idiosyncratic Like my thoughts Of you Like me Caged (📷Mitch Epstein)


Friday, July 22, 2016

aik do teen

shaikh o brahmin, rabbi ya padre 
baat daire ki hO, kaabay kaleesa ki 
bOl inkay sitaraOn ko choothay haiN 
fay'el haiN pastiON maiN ghota-zun 

rahaiN  mukhtalif laikin manzil aik
aur sub logON per havi teesri aankh 

dO ankhON say sub mullah o pandit 
aik hee manzil, aik such, aik haqeeqat 
ki joostujoo maiN kOshaaN haiN sad'a 
bhool jatay haiN apni teesri aankh ko


phir yeh kaisa ajooba hay Ya'rub 
kyuN yeh teray meray darmiaN 
nafratON ki khaleej phaliatay haiN

Thursday, July 21, 2016

matla ab'r aalood

yeh badal bhee
barsay baghair
guzar jaiNgay

tamanna
dar'd
aur khalish
misl e saaya
saath rahaiNgay

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

floating clouds

these clouds
                 too
shall betray

pass us by
without downpour

leaving
hopes
desires
dreams
unquenched


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ozymandiased

two exclamations rising high symbols of pride once ozymandiased by the deluded

Monday, July 18, 2016

jahangir park

once a beautiful park
                             in sadar
near the empress market
now resembles post war dresden
a post-apocalyptic
once beautiful park

Sunday, July 17, 2016

i don't have a voice

please write
how can i?
pen and paper
or pc
but i don't have a voice
words emanating from soul
need no sound or thunder
understand that
but i don't have a voice

Saturday, July 16, 2016

flicker at dusk i

in the dust
and free flying garbage
by the wayside
they sat on a mat
and were fed
a square meal


Friday, July 15, 2016

dO lafzON ki kahani

aa'aye
ga'aye

chalay 
rukay

hansay
rO'aye

likha
mitaya







Thursday, July 14, 2016

long haul flight

this night too
shall pass
             
fervent hopes
fall by wayside

the infants
by cosmic design
are chasing
a Guinness
for crying out loud

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

lightening

lightening


it is lightening
nor defunct dictate
from a by gone era
that is indiscriminative

bijli

deen nahiN bijli hay
jo bila imtiaz
khaas o aam
per girti hay

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

coins

coins dropped
in a beggar's bowl
(or a fountain)
are gestures
that solve nothing


intiha e khood-faraibi

Monday, July 11, 2016

recycle, reuse, reduce

deserted downtown
flying papers 
(from fallen trees)
flowing out 
from an overturned bin
a municipal logo on the side
proclaiming
recycle,  reuse, reduce

Sunday, July 10, 2016

intiha e khood-faraibi

ger aap bura na maanaiN
jo chund sikkay dalay haiN
ghairatmund kay kashkOl maiN
(zaati)
kaavish ka badal nahiN 

Saturday, July 09, 2016

safar e na'tamam

inkar nahiN
haqeeqate e safar say

musafir haiN hum
from womb to grave
travel is destiny
whether we trot the globe
or stay put in the village

khadshaat
wahimay
muskilaiN
sub hissa haiN
zindagi kay safar ka

sub say nabar'd aazma
hosakhta hooN
laikin
ger saath ho jahilouN ka
to safar insufferable bun jata hay

Friday, July 08, 2016

where are you

i

are you in the infant's smile?
the infant that turns into an urchin?
a boy soldier in rwanda
an un-blossomed hate carrier
willing to blow up 
innocent bystanders
innocence robbing innocence?


ii

are you in the clouds?
that lazily float away making faces
or the one that quenches earth's insatiable thirst
sea, land, mountain, snow, rivulet, stream, river, sea?
in the lotus contently floating in the pond
in the plucked flower in her hair
in the garlands around deities
in the flowers in a painting

or adorning the cemetry
creator's creature creating


iii

are you in that sought after smile
behind every painted mask

plastered all over?
                            

we strive to find the face
behind that seductive smile 

that leads astray with promises
the smile that eludes
the smile that stares


iv

are you in the surreptitious smile
that plays on bush bin laden's face
or the one that went awol from adolf's?
are you  in the earnestness 

of the cobbler's gaze
in the shade 
in the glide of the eagle
or the scream of a swallow in his claws


v

you cannot be in that swallow 
that died in my hands
and was ceremoniously buried

if you created intolerance, hatred and death
why did you bother with smiles?
why did you bother at all?
why are you smiling now

                                  you mayhem maker?

Thursday, July 07, 2016

where are you? v

v

you cannot be in that swallow 
that died in my hands
and was ceremoniously buried

if you created intolerance, hatred and death
why did you bother with smiles?
why did you bother at all?
why are you smiling now

                                  you mayhem maker?

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

where are you? iv

iv

are you in the surreptitious smile
that plays on bush bin laden's face
or the one that went awol from adolf's?
are you  in the earnestness 

of the cobbler's gaze
in the shade 
in the glide of the eagle
or the scream of a swallow in his claws

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

where are you? iii

iii

are you in that sought after smile
behind every painted mask

plastered all over?
                            

we strive to find the face
behind that seductive smile 

that leads astray with promises
the smile that eludes
the smile that stares

Monday, July 04, 2016

where are you? ii

ii

are you in the clouds?
that lazily float away making faces
or the one that quenches earth's insatiable thirst
sea, land, mountain, snow, rivulet, stream,river, sea?
in the lotus contently floating in the pond
in the plucked flower in her hair
in the garlands around deities
in the flowers in a painting

or adorning the cemetry
creator's creature creating

Sunday, July 03, 2016

where are you? i

i

are you in the infant's smile?
the infant that turns into an urchin?
a boy soldier in rwanda
an un-blossomed hate carrier
willing to blow up 
innocent bystanders
innocence robbing innocence?

Saturday, July 02, 2016

thaktay nahiN dohratay hu'aye

thaktay nahiN
dohratay hu'aye
insha allah
maasha allah
subhan allah
alhamd o lillah
thaktay nahiN
dohratay hu'aye

aaj batay hee day
aye rehman o rahim
hay kahaaN tu

Friday, July 01, 2016

jumhooriyat kay maray

hum
neem tareek rahouN maiN 
nahiN maray ga'aye

hum
kohrelay ujalON maiN
diin dahaRay
votON ki chabook say
maray ga'aye

Thursday, June 30, 2016

abandon

adh umar sa'aya bhee saath choRh daita hay

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

zair e saaya

zair e saaya 

dhoop maiN burgud
khalvat maiN zoolf
baarish maiN chath
aur
is barafzar maiN
oos raigzar ki khaahish
             saayouN maiN
saayouN ki talash

bazzar e zindagi say
mazra e khamoshi
ki daimi joos'tu'joo 
aur maut say zindagi ka 
na khatam honay wala
daira 
             aur joos'tu'joo 
saayay ki

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

discarding dictats

discarding dictats

tu hay fiq't aabla e paa
aur talaash hay mujh ko
samander kay such ki*

lines drawn in mythical sands
- borders,  created and nurtured
by somber CEOs  of Religion Inc.
to police and protect
while their lambs lob grenades
at each other's myths

they come in many guises
and wear colorful garbs
all of them have stern looks
in common

much to the amusement
of gods of yesteryears
we discard sermons
and dictats
and seek newer gods
in time's ocean

* you are but a blister on my foot
while i endeavor and search
for the time-ocean's truth

Monday, June 27, 2016

it'll be all right

it'll be all right
it'll be all right
the storm will subside 
there will be no charge 
from the khakis
or the men in black robes
(they are) all inflected
with the same righteous virus
(they are) all so very concerned
about our welfare
do not disbelieve them
the khakhis, the robes
the talking heads
retired intellectuals
earnest folks
worried about our welfare
it'll be all right
it'll be all right

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Argumentative Dog

t: How are we today, Nawwab?
N: We?
t: Yes, we.
N: We aren't 'we'...we are different.
t: We aren't.
N: Yes we are.
t: Kaisay?
N: I can call a dog a dog.
t: I can also call a dog a dog.
N: I can call a bitch a bitch.
t: Shall I take you for a walk?
N: We do not subscribe to insaniyat but you do to haivaniyat.
t: You are reinforcing our common heritage. Inside every man there is an animal.
N: Animals do not kill indiscriminately.
t: True.
N: We have no use for after life
t: True.
N: We do not believe in God or go on killing in her name.
t: True.
N: I believe in dog made stuff.
t: Ouch! People of the Book will be alienated.
N: Religions and faiths are dogmatic.
t: Now that is some observation, Nawwab.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

these are not my words

wrinkled sighs, folded dreams, blinded ideals
lips untouched, feelings parched
imagination wingless, words in flight
inadvertent good orphaned
goodness indifferent
belief probing elephant in the dark
delusion and betrayal five armed goddess
with spine of hatred
insouciant hope hibernating 
in black hole of slippery faith
hatred masquerading as ordained wisdom
                                        abnormal the norm
hope waltzing with one armed faith
                                        to the orchestra of hate
assurances of all's well raining from high towers
                                        at ungodly hours
god of all gods smiling somewhere
told you these are not my words

Friday, June 24, 2016

laikin

koh'r e zulmaat say 
ooththi hui ik ma'soom khilkhilahat
aur pus e pardah ik aah 
kisi kar'b e musalsil maiN mubtala 

souchta hooN hijrat 
jo m'ray naseebouN maiN thee
itni buri na thee
phir yeh khayal satata hay
saf e bay hiss maiN 
ger hota maiN shaamil 
aur aasmanoN say bay khab'r
bina per, doosrouN ki tarah 
bay khauf o ehsaas, pervaaz kerta
laikin....