Shepherd

Deep and deep into the woods I would sink; on and on would I walk; till I reach the forest hoods! Shepherd; aah! Be that I could! Taking...

Farhat, didn’t die

Crowning his Friday After the disastrous snow Blood-stained his threshing lines Life's receding billow Will leave him for the eternal calm He is yet to know.   Out from his threads...

El Desperados

How desperate we are to laugh- To chime with a can of laughter- Exhaling nervous relief, Reassured that it wasn't a can of worms.   A concert is over. See...

Shahid tonight

“Where art thou?” Kashmir needs a Shahid tonight “O, please free her with poesy,” pleads a Shahid tonight A red path marks the entrance to my...

The Survivor

I remember: the initial throe and the horror changed into loathing for them and the system that is talked of and never seen and then for my flesh that remained jerking with...

An exercise in memory

Dear comrades let us do an exercise / polish this new guise, an exercise in memory / memory will set us free Let us begin, bloodied, let...

Mother’s call

The night's ghosts came prowling down All geared in a khaki gown Wielded upon by a ghost with a frown

Biting the dust

History, they say, always repeats itself. In my homeland, helplessness repeats itself. Our pangs never settle into grief, or mourning or bereavement. A fresh shot of agony injected...

In memory of Agha Shahid Ali: Forever

Do you seek, like Jonah, to be elusive forever-- To live like an ascetic, reclusive forever?

Ode to the rains

A splendid beauty from the skies descends. Embracing the Earth quenches its long thirst. Down hilltops, meadows and rivers it sends. Its stroke and shine in watery outburst.