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Saturday, October 31, 2015

six letter words

six letter words killer muslim lover refrain accept syria refuge europe denial desert senate broken shooter vio-via derail

distance lends strange perspective

distance lends strange perspective

a plane fails to land
dubious claims are made
bombs go off
in mosques
in bazaars
families, children are inflamed
killing fields galore
in oil mid east

oh,  and maybe
a deranged (if white) 
a terrorist (if black/brown)
kills a few
in school, theatre, mall

another bright morning
enjoying chai
i wonder
about a refill

distance lends
strange perspective

Friday, October 30, 2015

suna hay

suna hay yeh garmi e ish'q
pighla daiti hay dukhoN ko
chalo hum bhee doob ker ish'q maiN
aazma laitay haiN tapish ko

Thursday, October 29, 2015

chai lao: been bajao

chai lao: been bajao

chai lao
sirji woh kya hay
suna nahiN, chai lao
sirji sunami aaee hay
aati rehti hay
zalzala aaya hay
theek hay, theek hay, chai lao
aik masoom aurat per...
achcha, achcha
yeh sub tou hota rehta hay
chai lao
syria kay refugees doob ga'aye
kumbukht saudion ko batao, chai lao
sirji fata maiN drone say...
(glaring at the teaboy)
aur karachi main bees dehsat gard...
bhaee yeh sub tou ma'mool hay, chai lao 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

another temporal law

You know Godwin's Law

As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

my modification:

temporal's law

"In cyber fora, the high tide of reason is not stopped by invoking Heaven, Raw or West"

Monday, October 26, 2015

this land is mine: earthquake 2015

the moon aloof 
wolves silent
birds seeking nests

the sun quivered

religion, ideology, politics
all reign supreme someplace 
not this time when day's order
is digging, probing

the dazed straggler
tightly clasped his three year old
took a few steps

the quivering sun 
saw a re-arranged landscape

crocodile tears
on media 

earnest efforts
on the ground

from the minarets
came the guilt-inducing wailing

the pye dogs love

Sunday, October 25, 2015


when memories

janay kay baad t'ray
neend bhee dabay qadmON
youN chali jati hay
jaisay thee hee nahiN
qurbat oos say kabhi

Saturday, October 24, 2015

ishq e chaman

ish'q e chaman 

hu'a chaman say jo ish'q
chaman-nasheeN, baaghbaaN
bhula diya sub ko
chaman, malik,  banda
aaya koi haath nahiN

love for the garden
ignoring the gardener
and garden dwellers
is vain, disheartening

Friday, October 23, 2015

shiva, sahitya, shiva

shiva*, sahitya**, shiva***

shiva's tears
for sati
in katas****
up in the salt range

the pond
by worshippers 

third eye
its legendary clarity
opaqued globally 
by cascading cataracts

deen, dharam
shaikh o brahmin
juda raahaiN
ik manzil
laikin teesri aankh
ka fiqdaan

turn to jewish shiva

Thursday, October 22, 2015

one brick at a time

for centuries 
we drank  
from the same well 
celebrated festivals  
fought invaders 
colonizers alike 
since seven decades 
we've been building 
these walls 
brick by atomic brick 
to the glee  
of the mullahs  
and the pundits 
come, let's dream 
some day 
we'll bring it down
brick by brick


barefoot the yogi climbs the mountain
barefoot the blessed walk
bare-kneed the pilgrim trudge up the hill
barefoot he paints the world

much to the dismay 
of the orthopaedist

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

flickering light

flickering light

woh noor hay
aur roshni
kahaaN nahiN hoti?

pulling, pushing, pulsating
dusty heart
of dormant mammal

engraved on floating fables
his image
with/out reflection, we mirror

you-me, dust-dream
...are light lust, hunger angst

karbala, auschwitz, chechenya
khmer rouge,iraq, syria
4/7, 6/7, 9/11, 7/7,11/26...

godrahbad, jenin, ramallah
ram allah?
gremlins awakening

where there is light
there are goblins
hibernating within.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

circle ii / daira ii

circle ii / daira ii

inaudible rosary
of sighs strung together 
with garish piety
in its un-dependence
on cosmic power

other rosaries
strung with 
tattered innocence
scrubbed beauty
raw humility
unrequited love
display naught 

and in the end
there is no end
a circle goes
round and round

daira ii

bay aawaz

aahON siskiyouN ka 
ishq e haqiqi
bay aawaz
aahON siskiyouN ka 
ishq e majazi ka
vir'd  ho 
tasbeeh kay daanON per
dairOn ka yeh safar
humaisha jaari rehta hay

click on link for:

circle i / daira i

Monday, October 19, 2015




melting care






love and
(that's not me, it is mark twain)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

blame game: it is not my fault

repeated the cab driver
as he swooshed and swirled
through the desi traffic
with cars and carts
and men and machines
in various states of decay
rushing, idling, squeezing
with a foot on the pedal
and a hand on the horn
'it is not my fault'
fault? blame? confession? 
adam would have smiled
quakes, tsunamis,
holocausts, ethnic cleansing
(all holocausts, not just that one)
and greed that blinds
individuals and nations
precariously countered
by grit, will and concern
for adam's progeny
by eve's children
who descend to salvage
flustered dignity
conflicts borne of nature
fermented on earth
whirling between
the many dazed and
the unconfused few
hirsute adam
would have revealed
mona's first smile
(leonardo tells me)
a metonymy for

Saturday, October 17, 2015



in the dark
if they betray
at high noon
that would be


tareekiouN maiN sa'aye bhee
kahaaN saath daitay haiN
dO peh'r ki dhoop maiN
saath choRhaiN tou janaiN

Friday, October 16, 2015

yaad may ooski gharq

yaad may ooski gharq

sar-sarata sukoon
jub hum aa ghosh hota hay
tou mudhoshi ki devi
hosh kho bethti hay
aur yaad t'ri phir
chali aati hay
dabay qadmoN

Thursday, October 15, 2015

in the solitude

in the solitude

in the solitude
of the cacophony
i dreamt
of the rolling meadows
where the rustling
whispers of the wind
play susurrant ragas
of your fragrance

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

in aankhON ki dastaan

in aankhON ki dastaan

kya kya na dekha 
in kumsin aankhON nay
khwaab sub oos kay
takra ker 
mauj e havadis say
bikhar ga'aye jaisay

of unfulfilled dreams
these young eyes

na khail sakhi woh khilonoN say
na aankh mucholi khaili
bartan manjhtay, jharoo daitay
bachpan guzra, ooskay sath
zina hu'a bil-jab'r
ro bhee na sakhi, 
cheekh bhee na sakhi

kuch ahl e shaoor
kuch ahl e daanish
idhar oodhar cheekhtay rahay
laikin dunya humari behri nikli

darta hooN
jo is kay bachchay huNgay
tou yehi kahani dohraee ja'aye gi

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

andha aaeena

andha aaeena

lub b'muh'r aaena
dekh raha hay
dikha raha hay

lips sealed
the seeing mirror

kabhi bahaar ki mehak say pu'ur
kabhi pyar ki mudhoshi say terr
kabhi fatwON kay bojh say aashna
kiya kiya na dekha oosnay
kiya kiya na suna oosnay
hum aisay nahiN
hum waisay nahiN
srif zair e lub woh muskurah diya

meh'v e hairaaN hooN
yeh aaeena youN
khuda kaisay bun gaya?

Monday, October 12, 2015



her shub
phir maiN
shikan a'looda
khwaabouN ko
teh kerkay
so jata hooN


each night
i refold (my)
crinkled dreams
& go to sleep

Sunday, October 11, 2015



tempered glass
tempered soul
tempered life
break not easily
but when they do
the pieces spread

Saturday, October 10, 2015

kahani ghas kay ik tinkay ki aur aamad e bahar

kahani ghas kay ik tinkay ki aur aamad e bahar

chupkay say
jo gira tha
ik patta
hu'a namoodar
aaj ik tinka

Friday, October 09, 2015

alibis, crutches

alibis, crutches

truth needs them
lies more

Thursday, October 08, 2015



joos'tu'joo e zunn,
zurr o zameen maiN
raigzaar ho ya bar'fzaar
hu'aye donON say
hum bayzaar

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

takfiri terror tale

takfiri terror tale

she bought a pair
of shiny black shoes

they returned one
blood stained shoe

ik khoon aluda jota
hasratouN ka janaza

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

no thanks, i'll let myself out

no thanks, i'll let myself out

will follow the stars
to find my way home

it was realistic
not bravado
but the laws
of unintended consequences
meant cloudy sky

the door behind was closed
and the lights turned off

to the shepherd
(who had deserted us
or so it seems)
i muttered
fine, thanks
another night
in the wilderness
will not kill me

Monday, October 05, 2015

souchta hooN

souchta hooN hazaar daastanaiN hoNgi madfun yahaaN waq't ka sitam bhee ajeeb hay no woh rahay na hum rahaiNgay…
Another wooden door, Haveli Sujan Singh, Bhabhra bazaar, #Rawalpindi

Sunday, October 04, 2015

and then i woke up

and then i woke up dreamin' of her smiling eyes that throaty laughter body fragrance cascading passion suffocating embrace

Saturday, October 03, 2015

waq't baqi hay

waq't baqi hay

aap per aaj
mertay haiN hum
mer hee jaiN
shayad kal hum

Friday, October 02, 2015


copybroke going for broke broken heart broken deals broke a leg (no it wasn't the first night) dead broke now copybroke

Thursday, October 01, 2015


khuda mera
nahiN srif
khuda mera

jub jaan lee 
yeh haqeeqat
maiN maiN na raha
tou tou na raha