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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. […]

 Arshid Aziz

Homeland

Homeland

He snatched our Identity now, we are in exile- without homeland! What worth are we? Who shall love us, who shall love you? Who will be courageous enough To overlook military boots amid abysmal darkness And glow a candle. Of love, of hope. Now, without address how will we share love letters? Who will paint […]

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After you left

After you left

Omair Bhat 1) it’s this grief of your leaving that has frozen the frost in light it scratches the surface of sky’s glass from beneath with the knife edge of snow’s sorrow on a full moon night a spur of wind escapes earth to adjust the white handkerchief on your face in the grave the […]

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Three Poems

Three Poems

Syed Aamir Sharief Qadri In Kashmir, where violence and death act as a daily reminder of oppression, the traditional symbols of love, beauty and comfort too seem to represent an unconventional reality. Colours, flowers, home- all in one way or another have come to symbolize killings, loss, longing, commemoration and mourning, collectively making it an […]

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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… […]

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