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I do a crime, I wear a smile

I do a crime, I wear a smile

Naveed Jeelani Khan  You wake me up with the roaring guns Fill my sense with cutthroat calculations I break my fast with your brazen feasts Tear shells, bullets and other iron beasts In the valley torn down I do a crime, I wear a smile My grave! an exhibition of your nationalism Pierced eyes! a […]

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Lullaby

Lullaby

Hurmat Altaf My land is in need of a lullaby, A lullaby that may soothe it’s torn heart. From thousands of nights, My land hasn’t slept well. A perpetual nightmare haunts it, Like a beast haunts a deer. The nightmare of the shrieks of the innocent The nightmare of a mother’s sigh, The nightmare of […]

 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 […]

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Lost Nest

Lost Nest

Umair Rashid  Birds woken by a scary sound Nests brought down to ground. Debris of misery scattered around Leaving forever a deep wound. My abode that predators raided From rain and pain it had shaded, In ashes everything faded With crumbling dreams that had made it. All memories and dreams went down the drain Leaving […]

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Red Paradise

Red Paradise

Zahid Mantoo and Ather Mantoo In winter, the silent night, the “flurry” snow of “white paradise” and a sigh of peace. At dawn, the “blizzard” with blowing snow from “Pir Panjal”. …limbs rive in the orchards of paradise. It is not the chlamydomonas nivalis(algae) Growing in the orchard’s of paradise that turns white into red… […]

 Zahid Mantoo

The vale lit by blazed maple leaf

The vale lit by blazed maple leaf

My eyes lit up by its luring beauty when I saw the “Vale” cradled in the lap of charming alps. With snow-capped pinnacles and colossal leas wrapped with verdure foliage. Pristine lakes with scintillating water. Turbulent waters gushing from the lakes. Pulsating and quivering like quicksilver. Cascading over the rocks. Cold zephyr and veiled azure […]

 Soudha Sultana

Fake Freedom

Fake Freedom

Under these Bullets and bombs Missiles and drones Our skin tone is not Still humanised enough To touch the merit of Human Rights… Because we don’t own Manacles of your So called “Revolutions” That are still caging our words In the prison of your “Fake freedom” Keep terrorizing Keep killing Keep droning our acreage Till […]

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‘Shikwah’ (A complaint of a victim of oppression)

‘Shikwah’ (A complaint of a victim of oppression)

Kamran Bashir  This complaint is of perpetual grief Leafing from the exceptional memory the immortal misery, And the four roomed heart. The exit from a muscular home Of thy creation To the ongoing oppression, We are inclosed by Draconian nights. After leaving the ungodly night Our dawn worshipped thy might. As the day excited in […]

 Zahid Mantoo

Shrieks heard on distant alps

Shrieks heard on distant alps

On a cold morn of 27 January, 1994. “Sheikh” opened his tea stall. The serene aura far and wide… On spur of the moment, single shot rattled calm ambiance ripened into an open-air morgue. … Frightened birds run off and scatter. Rifles emptied on innocent populace. Dead and wounded piled in heaps. 27 killed and […]

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