Art & Literature

 Ishfaq Yatoo

Count my (In) dependent Miseries

Count my (In) dependent Miseries

Just pause a while, this 14-15 rendezvous And count my miseries: 71×365×ENDLESS! I wish I rub the blood with MY FLAG! I am a bird locked on that bleak historical document With the wings clipped in the past, And the present full of ferocity, And a future, a phantasmagoria… My miseries are countless: Broken promises, […]

 Bani Umer

Rebel

Rebel

‘Would any issue get resolved by smoking cigarette after cigarette?’ Shabnam threw the cigarette outside after snatching it from the hand of Amjad. “Shabnam, these cigarettes are the only which render me some peace. I am feeling ashamed of this thing that in this newly wedded marriage, I am unable to provide you the comfort […]

 Lubna Binti Nayeem

Expectations Evoke Forlorn

Expectations Evoke Forlorn

Don’t turn a deaf ear to share If thou would truly bear to hear Then truth be told be all eyes Expectations are trifling but all lies Deal with folks don’t give the slip Eventhough feels lesser and to clip If thou in a cut and thrust Choke them up so to rust Would be […]

 Web Desk

Chilly Childhood

Chilly Childhood

Farhat Jabeen  With no male member in the family, six females struggled to survive. Life is a razor edge. Tumultuous times teach life lessons. Permutations and combinations of life make us a strong human being. Sometime back sans roommates, I was secluded in my hostel room. While recalling the unhindered childhood, I could not bury […]

 Urfan Lone

The Longing

The Longing

Dear Umar, my son. Didn’t I promise to love you always? In whatsoever form you decide to be. Didn’t I promise to be there for you? Always. Why did you go then my dear? Why did you leave me my Jaana? Didn’t the way I used to treat you, Reflect truth? My love, I have loved […]

 Wasif Butt

Patience Awaits

Patience Awaits

Delay your love until, Sorrowful endings become beautiful evenings Mournings pave way to breeze-filled mornings And, winter shadows no more linger Autumn sings prelude of spring and summer. Postpone your desire to feel happy until, Every grieved face finally sends some light Each bad heart faces no bad sight And, light enters to hunt into […]

 Aojhal Junaid

Even the graves

Even the graves

A boy I saw Beneath the minaret that echoes The calls to unseen heavens And to unfelt success. They boy was younger to me by ages And taller to me by miles Looking like a dirty cloud That bore many shades of grey Some darker than the other While others still the darkest I pierced […]

 Khan Ansur

The shroud and funeral prayers

The shroud and funeral prayers

O’ my countrymen, I’m prepared. For I’ve bought my shroud, you see! This white cloth, now- Remains with me day and night! As you’re yourself aware, This occupation won’t leave me either. O’ my countrymen, Occupation comes with uncertainty. And now I beseech you, To be in the state of Wudhu, For you’ll always be […]

 Khubaib Mujtaba

Garden of Karbala

Garden of Karbala

In the dark of night the music begins And the ecstatic wind swirls around Like a sufi, swirling around love. As of Hussain, noose patiently waits, For another Hussain to descend. Like the garden of Karbala I see Blood, the rivers cry, mountains wail, Trees sob, in unison narrate their tragedies. The little girl peeps […]

 Lubna Binti Nayeem

One’s Character

One’s Character

Shake the hand with thy bounty heart See sparking world that is not a part Thou are captain of own soul Sweeten life with saccharine goal Be a polite soul Politeness is oasis Politeness is route So let’s be that Character the backbone of success If thou may have a plenty, like big ocean Like […]

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