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Thursday, January 20, 2022

arrogant or insouciant

 arrogant or insouciant 


hibernating hope
ideals on slippery slopes
righteous indignation
masquerading as wisdom
abnormal the new norm
carved of petrified forest
the buddha laughs

#tpoem
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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

one and many

one and many

where is the fun
if we were all one
being distinctive, different
helps to recognize
and appreciate
the living contrast
and we still stand up
              united
when the need arises

#tpoem
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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

rakht e safar

 


rakht e safar

meh'v e garq zeh'n ki tughyaniouN maiN
mauj  ba mauj takrati haiN jahaaN
ummeed aur andaishay ki chataanouN say
aur laut ker phir nikal jaati haiN
kisi goom-gushta such ki justujoo maiN

#tpoem
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Monday, January 17, 2022

hopetimism*

 hopetimism*


between the gray skies above
and the white shroud below
blanketing optimism
comes an exchange
of beaming smiles
both the mother and the child
lifted the murk
spreading hopetimism*

#tpoem
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*hope + optimism


Sunday, January 16, 2022

meaningless four-letter word

 meaningless four-letter word


l     o     v     e
ghazaled, storied, maligned
shed its mystery
in these polluted times
overshadowed
by another four-letter word
h     a     t     e    

#tpoem
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Saturday, January 15, 2022

takfiris, hindutvas, ziononazis

 takfiris, hindutvas, ziononazis

it is said we are different so we can differentiate and recognize each other but even if we were the same the same color, height, weight hatred will set us apart #tpoem comment baithuk.wordpress.com

Feb 2021 - 56 yr old Ahmadi, Akbar Ali sb passed away in prison. His only crime was keeping Quran & using Quranic verses. Jan 2022 - 70 yr old Ch Asghar Ali sb passed away in prison. His only crime was being an Ahmadi. May God help all the prisoners of conscience in Pakistan.

Friday, January 14, 2022

such kehdooN aye brahmin

 such kehdooN aye brahmin


kehta hay covid
saal ko kaho na
bura na achcha

#tpoem
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ایک اور برس۰۰۰ دیکھیے پاتے ہیں عشاق بتوں سے کیا فیض اک برہمن نے کہا ہے کہ یہ سال اچھا ہے مرزا غالب نہ شب و روز ہی بدلے ہیں نہ حال اچھا ہے کس برہمن نے کہا تھا کہ یہ سال اچھا ہے احمد فراز جس برہمن نے کہا ہے کہ یہ سال اچھا ہے اس کو دفناؤ مرے ہاتھ کی ریکھاؤں میں قتیل شفائی

Thursday, January 13, 2022

wajah e raat-jaga

 wajah e raat-jaga


kabhi is karwat
kabhi oos karvat
so na sakha shub bhar
yaad e raft'gaan?
ish'q e butaaN?

nahiN dost
woh kumbukht
thee ik chipkali
wajah e raat-jaga

#tpoem
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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

all about...

 all about...


books, treatises, talks
the headings 'all about...'
misleads
who can harness
the frontiers of knowledge
we must add
"a little about..."

#tpoem
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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

on a wintry day

 on a wintry day


with the temperature at -8c
(feels like -16c)
i spotted a snowflake
lazily floating in the air
i smiled, the snowflake
smiled back and said
'have a good day
i have to leave you now
for my destination
is beckoning me'


#tpoem
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Monday, January 10, 2022

aaj ki mukhtasir naz'm muqeem e bani-gala kay naam

 aaj ki mukhtasir naz'm muqeem e bani-gala kay naam


ka'aba
tum
kis
moon'h
say
jao
gay

#tpoem
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Sunday, January 09, 2022

those were not the days

 those were not the days


time softens the blows
lessens the anguish
enhances the joy
enriches the stories
and we relish with friends
merrily recalling
the days that really
weren't those days

#tpoem
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Saturday, January 08, 2022

murree deaths: expat's woes

 murree deaths: expat's woes


lucky? no
insensitive? no
karma? no
besides charity
can we do more? no
prayers ineffective
cry? no
(tears dry up)
so what can we......

#tpoem
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https://www.geo.tv/latest/392222-tourists-stranded-as-heavy-snowfall-blocks-roads-in-murree

Friday, January 07, 2022

khichri: aka veiled truth

 khichri: aka veiled truth


conjecture
presumption
postulation
myth
conviction
belief
faith

#tpoem
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Thursday, January 06, 2022

not all smiles are innocent

 not all smiles are innocent


the tired traveler
in a faraway land
in a crowded bazaar
saw a fair one smile
        and he smiled back
 that short distraction
        was enough
to part with the wallet

#tpoem
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Wednesday, January 05, 2022

on being a hermit

on being a hermit

wonder if
belloc's onion eater*
was a hermit
an eremite
a banjara
or an ascetic?
am torn
banjara?
ascetic?

#tpoem
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*http://fullonlinebook.com/essays/the-onion-eater/rhab.html

 

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

people, events, images

 people, events, images


salman taseer's murder
father and son fired upon by the zionists
gaza bombing, bhopal kashmir victims
refugee child washed ashore
abbottabad school massacre
images that create havoc
ulcer and restless nights
till they fade away
and you and i forget
till another incident
rekindles the image

#tpoem
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Monday, January 03, 2022

welcoming cup

 welcoming cup


capricious weather
temperamental people
unpredictable traffic
chameleon covid
washed with a welcoming cup

#tpoem
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Sunday, January 02, 2022

kaam, na-kaam, tamaam

 kaam, na-kaam, tamaam


kuch ish'q kya hum nay kuch kaam kya
kaamyaab hu'aye kabhi na-kaam hu'aye
faiz* youN waq't nay qissa tamaam kya

*faiz
https://www.rekhta.org/nazms/kuchh-ishq-kiyaa-kuchh-kaam-kiyaa-kuchh-ishq-kiyaa-kuchh-kaam-kiyaa-faiz-ahmad-faiz-nazms?lang=ur

#tpoem
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Saturday, January 01, 2022

spoiler alert

 spoiler alert


it is a living secret
not to be shared
today is another day
like days past 
we indulge 
in the same chores
eat, drink, laugh, sob
today is another day
like days past 
let us wrap it
under official secrets act

#tpoem
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Friday, December 31, 2021

wonderstruck new year

 wonderstruck new year


the season's brouhaha and soirees 
makes the year wonder
an instrument of measure
an emotionless milepost
a bridge in lives lived
    built or destroyed
    catastrophes unleashed 
    or sustained
so wonders the new year
about tears shed
of joy or sadness
and moves on

#tpoem
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Thursday, December 30, 2021

thou shall not overkill

 thou shall not overkill


in the city
laws are fangless
when unenforced
in the jungle
laws reign supreme
without ever
being enforced

#tpoem
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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

the beginning and the ending

the beginning and the ending

in the beginning
          one soul
          countless bodies
in the end
          countless bodies
          one soul

*************

ibtida o ikhtitam

ibtida
          ik rooh
          hazaraha ijsaam
ikhtitam
          hazaraha ijsaam
           ik rooh

#tpoem
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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

ibtida o ikhtitam

 ibtida o ikhtitam


ibtida
          ik rooh
          hazaraha ijsaam
ikhtitam
          hazaraha ijsaam
           ik rooh

#tpoem
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Monday, December 27, 2021

suicide or sacrifice

suicide or sacrifice

miscalculation
indifference
over confidence
gamble
          with life
          or death
for what?

#tpoem
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Sunday, December 26, 2021

tale of toe tags

 tale of toe tags


in the channel crossing
dreams drowned
bodies recovered
sent to the morgue
and later the caskets
flown to iraq
millions watched the news
wondered i
how many wondered
looking heavenward?

#tpoem
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Saturday, December 25, 2021

sehra navard

 sehra navard


hum jo theh'ray sehra navard
sheh're roshni kay basiouN ki
muskurahut aur mohabbat
mus'noee lagi, raas na aa'ee
rukh kiya phir janib e sehra
hay jahaN her shay pur'sukoon

#tpoem
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Friday, December 24, 2021

short lived life

 short lived life


it snowed overnight
everything was covered
in virgin white
by the evening
it was all gone
down the drain
makes one wonder
about life cycle

#tpoem
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Thursday, December 23, 2021

aur kahaaN

 aur kahaaN


gradish nau-paanch maiN
                woh baat kahaaN
khaak chanthay rahay
                kahaaN kahaaN

woh kahaaN, aap kahaaN
                 hum kahaaN
kharabaat maiN haiN sub
                  aur kahaaN

#tpoem
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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

monologue

monologue


can you say everything on your mind?
      no
can you write what is on your mind?
      no
why?
self-preservation
so you are a coward
is that a statement or a question?
both
(shrug)

#tpoem
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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

of laughter and smiles

 of laughter and smiles


the spontaneous laughter
over sit-com antics
a tongue in cheek quip
the  cackling of an infant  
ushers peals of laughter
not to confuse with guilt-ridden
chuckles
or the hand-in-cookie-jar smile
it seldom works
leads to the doghouse
ask me

#tpoem
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Monday, December 20, 2021

priorities

 priorities


"every morning we check our geysers first"
some do, others yawn
and wonder if yesterday
will be replayed all over again
and there are the glass-half-full types
glad to be alive and kicking

#tpoem
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every morning we check our geysers first