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Saturday, June 25, 2022

the first steps

the first steps

with coloured chalk
on the tarmac
the young ones
learn about lines
and shapes
igniting passion
for art

#tpoem
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Friday, June 24, 2022

aaj chai ka zaiqa kyuN mukhtalif hay?

 aaj chai ka zaiqa kyuN mukhtalif hay?


bahar 29c, ander 22c
gao takiay kay saharay
janab prufrock
sailab, zalzalay
agnipath ki khabraiN
paRhtay hu'aye
souch rahay haiN
aaj chai ka zaiqa
kyuN mukhtalif hay?

#tpoem
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

why does the tea tastes different today?

 why does the tea tastes different today?

it is 29C outside and 22c inside
ensconced on his rocker
the other mr prufrock
reading about floods
earthquakes and agnipath
wondering why the tea
tastes different today?

#tpoem
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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

tell me, who has the luxury?

 tell me, who has the luxury?


to enjoy the beauty
of the sunrise
and the sunset
the infant's smile
the lover's embrace
when there are
earthquakes, floods
food shortages
rising temperatures
all over?

#tpoem
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

political turmoil

 political turmoil


wonder
if
or
when
sense
would
prevail

#tpoem
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Monday, June 20, 2022

siyasi hungama-aaraee

 siyasi hungama-aaraee


souchta hooN
kub aakhir
aa'aye gi
baaleedgi?

#tpoem
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Sunday, June 19, 2022

retaining humanity

 retaining humanity


slowly
s l o w  l y
s   l   o   w   l  y
       draining away
in these chaotic times
where earthly and
cosmic forces collide
    feel rudderless
        and defiant


#tpoem (revised)
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Sheila Benson @sheilabenson
Retain your humanity!

Saturday, June 18, 2022

destination

destination

all roads
traveled
or less
traveled
lead to
same
destination

#tpoem
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Friday, June 17, 2022

khairbad

 khairbad


yaad
yaad e elahi
yaad e raftgaaN
tri yad
oonki aashirbad
phir khairbad

#tpoem
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Thursday, June 16, 2022

sada e bay aawaz

 sada e bay aawaz

 
kaho kya sunaiN
ghota-zun haiN
behr e sukoot maiN
ab khamoshi hee mri
              daigi sada

#tpoem
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

sikka raiaj ul waq't / سکہ رائج الوقت

 sikka raiaj ul waq't


jhoot
faraib
aur muk'r

سکہ رائج الوقت

جھوٹ
 فریب
 اور مکر

#tpoem
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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

le mensonge du jour

 le mensonge du jour


all quiet and peaceful
on twitter, whatsapp
and in the msm
sound sleep beckons

#tpoem
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Monday, June 13, 2022

tone-deaf: damadum mast qalandar

 tone-deaf: damadum mast qalandar


on the idiot box
tone-deaf talking heads
play doomsday music
    every single day
        and life goes on

#tpoem
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Sunday, June 12, 2022

global warming

 global warming


ghar'q jub sub kuch ho jai ga
baansri phir kaun bajai ga

when the whole world is submerged
who will then play the flute?

#tpoem
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Saturday, June 11, 2022

freedom (a poem in support of #BDS)

 freedom (a poem in support of #BDS)


death frees
the ultimate
equal opportunity freedom

the palestinians
   the kashmiris
      the uighurs
         the baloch
the disenfranchised women
all seek freedom
not of the deathly variety

#tpoem
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Friday, June 10, 2022

live carefree

 live carefree


live without a care
use plastic bags
          fossil fuel
do not reuse or recycle
you only live once
and one of these days
the super powers
would nuke us all
and we will disappear
    so go on
          live carefree
caveat: have no children
just in case...

#tpoem
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Thursday, June 09, 2022

if i knew...

 if i knew...


if i knew everything
i would be dead
        as in
i would not be alive

#tpoem
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Wednesday, June 08, 2022

are there any happy websites?

are there any happy websites?

do websites make us happy?
do they make us forlorn?
the content undigested
    believe i 
        dictates
sadness or happiness
    a function
of glass half full
or half empty

#tpoem
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@microMAF
·
Are there any happy websites?



Tuesday, June 07, 2022

rumination

 rumination


when meditation 
is put away
    on paper 
        or on canvas
thoughts mine
    are the only 
    prized possession
that are solely mine
till the last breath
    separates us

#tpoem
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Monday, June 06, 2022

dire straits

 dire straits


warnings
      heavenly
      do this: don't do that

admonishing
      danger ahead
      proceed with caution

threats
     stay the course
     or else

in pensive mood
     sensitize?
     or desensitize?

#tpoem
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Sunday, June 05, 2022

paths

 paths


paths
pursued
lead
back

#tpoem
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Saturday, June 04, 2022

omnia vincit amor*

 omnia vincit amor*


love is the first lesson learned
and in three score and ten
other lessons are experienced
somewhere in this journey
hatred, intolerance, misgivings
dwarfs love,
waiting to be rediscovered

#tpoem
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*omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amori
("Love conquers all; let us all succumb to love")

@sheilabenson
Where did the love go? Are we all lost?

Friday, June 03, 2022

the bridge game ii

the bridge game ii

aphrodite and venus
playing
hades and poseidon
bidding no trump
athena observing
with a twinkle

#tpoem
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Thursday, June 02, 2022

life (and or living)

life (and or living)

              figure
        configure
 autoconfigure
  counterfigure
         disfigure
     reconfigure

         go figure

#tpoem
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Wednesday, June 01, 2022

the bridge game

 the bridge game


venus and parvati
playing
kali and morta
bidding no trump
saraswati observing
with a twinkle

#tpoem
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

crosshairs of the #zionohindutva

 crosshairs of the #zionohindutva


today it is the mosque
tomorrow the houses
next the graveyards
after that will come
the christians and the sikhs
and finally, you and me

#tpoem
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https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/national/mandir-masjid-row-bengal-s-adina-mosque-largest-in-indian-subcontinent-next-in-line--magazine-198673

Monday, May 30, 2022

poocha ik shokh nay ke gutter se neeche kya hai?

 poocha ik shokh nay ke gutter se neeche kya hai?


aao maiN tujh ko batlaouN
ke gutter se neeche kya hai?
watan ki shadaab matti hay
khaitouN ko kerti hay zerkhaiz
laikin jo moonh kay gutter say
nikaltay haiN  mughallizat
woh mas'ala kuch aur hee hay
#tpoem
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@NidaKirmani
·
Ever wondered ke gutter se neeche kya hai?

Sunday, May 29, 2022

beware of the sixth estate

 beware of the sixth estate


first four --
    the executive
        the legislature
            the judiciary
                the press
new entrant, the fifth estate
the twitterati, alt news folks
add to them
    the sixth estate
        the purveyors
            and producers  
of the fake news

#tpoem
baithuk.wordpress.com
 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

a glimpse of heaven

 a glimpse of heaven


playing 
with words
and colours
at whim
is heavenly

#tpoem
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Friday, May 27, 2022

beenai say mehroom insaf

 beenai say mehroom insaf


jub ho munsif
mehrom beenai say
jub ho 'video' munsif ki
          'oonkay' pass
tou ghareeb awaam
kis say ummeed laga'aye

#tpoem
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Thursday, May 26, 2022

hawala / hawalay

hawala / hawalay

sattur dihaiyouN say
kar diya tha hawala
mulk maik e roz e nau ko
sattur dihaiyouN say
nizam e mumlukat
chal raha hay hawalay say

#tpoem
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

naya dastoor

 naya dastoor


kal hee woh gaya
aur aaj oosko
sub bhool ga'aye
hoga humaray saath
kal yehi kuch
yehi naya dastoor hay

#tpoem
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sorry @titojourno

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

fitna o fasad

fitna o fasad


fitna
    fitnagiri
        fiq't fatoor e aq'l
fasad
    fas ki juRR
        fastaiyyat
majrooh
        pull kay oos paar
        aap aur hum

#tpoem
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Monday, May 23, 2022

the chasm

 the chasm


the crevasse
between north and south
civilized and uncivilized
of colored and uncolored
of haves and have-nots
unbridgeable
wider than the canyon
a bad abyss black hole

#tpoem
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Sunday, May 22, 2022

the dreams of ms. casper

 the dreams of ms. casper


the dreams of ms. casper
             controls the mind
of the born-again walking ego
who governs the believers
and the not so believers
she dreams & bags of money
appear from the skies
             others dream too
of justice, of equality
             in vain

#tpoem
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

in the end

 in the end


in the end
        things work out
in the end
        tide recedes
in the end
        lies are bared
in the end
        shadows desert
in the end
        azrael embraces
in the end
        we become footnotes

#tpoem
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Friday, May 20, 2022

sense of humour

 sense of humour


the last sense
      that deserts
before life ebbs away
is the sense of humour
as azrael hovered
     over a bed
in the palliative care ward
the patient stirred
and said to azrael
     'wrong bed'

revised

#tpoem
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