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Monday, August 02, 2021

roz aati hay ik na'ee qayamat

roz aati hay ik na'ee qayamat

jaatay jaatay oos shoukh nay kaha
milaiNgay ab roz e mehshar maiN
muskurah ker kaha hum nay ab
hogi mulaqat aap say her roz

Sunday, August 01, 2021

unmarked graves

unmarked graves

ignore the mausoleums
on the  unesco heritage list
ponder about those tales
of victory and struggle
love and sadness
smiles and tears, buried
in the unmarked graves
wreathless, abandoned and
ignored by the barely living
who would soon occupy one

Saturday, July 31, 2021

sitam zareefi

sitam zareefi

jub bhii safar ka qas'd kya
manzil mutayyun ki
rakht e safar bandha
phir achanak khabar aaee
covid nay dobara ser uthaya
safar ka irada multavi kya
aur ik aah kay saath
thandi saans li

Friday, July 30, 2021

those deceiving eyes

those deceiving  eyes

the ever smiling eyes
adorned with wrinkles
camouflage copious
          grieve gathered
          over lifetime
unshared and
          undeciphered

Thursday, July 29, 2021

maskless

maskless

kya yaad hay aapko
woh beetay din bhii
buhat achchay thay

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

anew

anew

manufacturing memories
reinforcing dreams
with mortar of whims
displacing occupants
knocking their dwellings
and with those bricks
building fragile reality
          anew

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

post covid ii

post covid ii


the enforced absence
did not fare too well
the spark decamped
and awkward pauses
began cascading

Monday, July 26, 2021

post covid

post covid

milay ho tum
mud'datouN baad
kaisay hogi
woh ras'm o rah
dobarah ab

Sunday, July 25, 2021

given the odds

given the odds

aloof
law enforcement, judiciary
culture, society, parents

abuse of minors and women
will go on unabated
easy targets they are
and after the fact
continue we will
to pontificate
mourn, wail and whine


#muftiazizurrehman
#NoorMukaddam
#mukhtaranmai
#shazia

Saturday, July 24, 2021

darkness still ruled

darkness still ruled


test 
          she said
          tested
protest
          he said
          protested
the protests and the rallies
against the sun's injustice
           all to no avail
the sun still emerged
          as ordained
darkness still ruled

Friday, July 23, 2021

one heart: here, there, everywhere part v

 one heart: here, there, everywhere part v


          smiles
on the lips of infants
of couples lost in themselves
and the final smile serene
playing on those
who deserted all worries
          perhaps one day
there will be smile on this face
as rigor mortis creeps up


Thursday, July 22, 2021

one heart: here, there, everywhere part iv

one heart: here, there, everywhere part iv

love the chest
of kodak moments
in sepia and vibrant colours
of smiles captured worldwide
on negatives and slides
am fascinated with smiles
have written a lot
about the smiles
innocent, carefree,
spontaneous, unpoised

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

one heart: here, there, everywhere part iii

one heart: here, there, everywhere part iii

the printed word
delights and invigorates
ghalib, mir, t s eliot
manto, haider, ismat
the bard, ogden nash
so many companions
          to muse with
in solitary moments
          to travel with

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

one heart: here, there, everywhere part ii

one heart: here, there, everywhere part ii

in school not sure
in college aimed at one
whom is my crime partner

          till this day
but moving on
from tangible to intangible
the heart gladdens
when i travel
new places, new people

Monday, July 19, 2021

one heart: here, there, everywhere - part i

one heart: here, there, everywhere - part i

there is one muscle bundle
throbbing, encased
firmly in chest walls
the cardiologist tell me
the replica
is here, there, everywhere
in primary school
threw it at the teacher
with a dimpled smile

Sunday, July 18, 2021

water

water                                                                                                                   

sustaining
mountain spring
bottled
          first world
scarce
polluted
          third world
when it overwhelms
          in both worlds
death lures

Saturday, July 17, 2021

will you forgive me?

will you forgive me?

my two year old nephew
was wise beyond years
discuss any subject
and he would nod wisely
and say maloom hay'
and now we have a PM
who knows the price
of everything
(and the value
of nothing)


https://twitter.com/i/status/1415950407227035649

*maloom hay - 'i know'

Friday, July 16, 2021

what was ZAB thinking?

 what was ZAB thinking?


says dr. sam parnia
the brain remains active
after the heart stops
        for some time
when tara masih
tightened the noose
ZAB must be aware
of the adiala surroundings

        i can venture
he may have thought
'i will get even, you bastard'
       or perhaps
'i will outlive you traitor"

سوچتا ہوں کہ بھٹو عین جان نکلتے ہوئے کیا سوچ رہے ہوں گے؟

Thursday, July 15, 2021

truth

 truth

over-rated
over-sold
camouflaged
unappreciated
perturbing
demanding
desired
and mostly
ignored

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

rumination (nothing to do with rumi)

rumination

(nothing to do with rumi)


some thoughts flee
others fleet
pleasant  ones flee
thorny thoughts fleet
ruminating about you
the moving fingers*
are frozen

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

wait

wait

waiting
for words
to fall
in my
        lap
              top
so i 
arrest
wayward
thinking

Monday, July 12, 2021

qurbani

 qurbani


injunctions aside
          think
why substitute
first born for a sheep?
would be more useful
when the equivalent
in charity is given -
(education, medicine, food)
for the deserving?
sparing animals
making others happy

Sunday, July 11, 2021

of mind and body

 of mind and body

fighting to kill
is not nobler than
fighting to save
soldiers - for countries
writers - for freedom

Saturday, July 10, 2021

fickle existence: on this day...

fickle existence: on this day...


browsing news
xyz passed away
memories cascade
mind's eye spill forth

if we could project
decades after our death
another reader
would also  read
'on this day...'
or perhaps skim over

Friday, July 09, 2021

a'mum pasand aur jangjoo ka mukalma

 a'mum pasand aur jangjoo ka mukalma


kaha a'mun-pasand nay
tareekh raq'm karay gi
hum mer mer ker ji'ayeN gay
jung'joo jawabun bola
hay ghalat fehmi aapko
tareekh tou hum likhaiN gay
app mer mer ker mer jao gay

Thursday, July 08, 2021

hum aahangi

 hum aahangi

d n a ka kya hay
mizaaj aur zouq milay
tou janaiN aye humdum

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

tasbeeh khuwaaN: siyasatdaaN ya moulvi

 tasbeeh khuwaaN: siyasatdaaN ya moulvi


dhoka ghairouN ko
aur faraib khud ko
tasbeeh kay daanouN
say khailtay hu'aye

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

aansoo

aansoo

rona hay
tou ro lo
badlay ga
kuch nahiN
rona hay
tou ro lo
bojh halka
ho ga bus!

Monday, July 05, 2021

bliss

 bliss


when two bodies
connect, it is ecstatic,
euphoric, rapturous
but when two souls
meet, it is sheer bliss

Sunday, July 04, 2021

waadeh

 waadeh


aik aap haiN
aur aapka waadah
aik hum haiN
aur humara waadah
darya kay dou kinaray

Saturday, July 03, 2021

kaisa hisab

kaisa hisab

hisab
kabhi
barabar
nahiN
hota


Quote Tweet
Nims
@ngtweets1969
·
You have Avocado I have French Press. Hisaab barabar.

Friday, July 02, 2021

saraab / mirage

 saraab


aaj
such ki talaash
sehraa maiN saraab
bus!

mirage

today
the search
for Truth
is mirage
in the desert

Thursday, July 01, 2021

dar'd

 dar'd


dar'd
jub la'ilaaj ho ja'aye
tou kya kiji'aye
qubooliyat ya superdagi


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

let us be unfaithful

if there is one thing
to be added
to the shahadah
        it will be
we will not learn
the core message
of peace and compassion




Tuesday, June 29, 2021

his master's voice

his master's voice


broken records
not olympic
but vinyl
45mm, LPs
replace needle, crank handle
or simply place cartridge
and turn on
if the record is broken
throw it away
hard to do the same
with politicians
especially of desi variety

Monday, June 28, 2021

the tower and the minaret

 the tower and the minaret

not the one in pisa
but the one in agra
one unintentional
the other with intent
and entangled beneath
we succumb to parables


Sunday, June 27, 2021

of faith and faithless

 faith and faithless


the kapala carrying aghoris*
worshipper of shiva and kali
practicing faith 
fearlessly & faithfully

am perplexed and perturbed
by the faithless politicians
of all creed and cult
who suck people's blood
remorselessly, relentlessly



Aghori: Holy Men Of The Dead 💀(Documentary about India's Cannibals) अघोर youtu.be/JDyNvfBQ4Cs via @YouTube


Saturday, June 26, 2021

allah ditta, my soul brother


 allah ditta, my soul brother

 
he offered me refuge but i declined
told him i'll be be back
as the mob neared
i scaled the rear wall
found refuge
first in puran qila, then lajpat nagar
seeing this sepia photo
am reminded of my promise


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Frozen in time. It would seem the Owner of the house and the bicycle didn't have any heirs: