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Another Autumn

Another Autumn

Syed Mustafa Ahmad Another Autumn has come, to haunt us again. Same sighs and worthy pleas Striking the firmament to fall silently. Pale leaves trampled out of shape Carried away by the blood thirsty winds here and there. Lifeless trees moving to be called living; Otherwise, the chests are too cold to be called alive. […]

 Sameem Javeed Wani

Confessions from a murderer

Confessions from a murderer

I set the trap; tricked him into a catacomb of words; rhymes and allusion got him all dizzy; my naked words as they danced aroused him, somewhere in between the line breaks I caught hold of him; took out my metaphors sharpened on the whetstone of time; I confess! I confess! I gorged his eyes […]

 Sameem Javeed Wani

Two ‘Ghazals’

Two ‘Ghazals’

Traditionally invoking melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysical questions, introduction of Ghazal form of verse in English poetry is popularly ascribed to Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. Working on the same themes, Sameem  Javeed Wani here presents two ghazals invoking the grief and longing in a place that in itself has become a metaphor of grief […]

 Umair Ul Umar

SINCERE IGNORANCE

SINCERE IGNORANCE

Intention wrapped in a lover’s caress Poison oozing from each word As they drip into eager ears Sincere ignorance to reality Confusion born of built up hopes Healing the depths of soul But unprogram loop up freaks faith and hope Rising to a margin of love Held in a pocket of deceit No signpost engulfs […]

 Guest Author

A Different Vision

A Different Vision

Aazib Manzoor In the orchard I sit silent With Rumi on my side Near me the breeze flows Rustling the long popular And the green pumpkin leaves Where butterflies drop their tastes These trees stand short Of the sky looming from above A cuckoo flies low Through the grass and chipping Is it fond of […]