I know a girl
I know a girl
with arched eyebrows,
deep eyes, nose ring,
and smooth hair
that falls on her shoulders.
She counts her every step,
every inch, to refine
She says: she can't discover the magic
in snow covered meadows,
in swirling snowflakes,
in a frozen lake.
One day lost in her thoughts
a clan of butterflies
whispered in her ears:
be careful with the tricks of mind,
maybe you are a violin, in search
of right fingers,
waiting to create a perfect symphony.
Then a butterfly whispered to her soul:
be careful with the crowd,
maybe you are a solitary rose
that needs delicate pruning,
with fresh dew.
Then another one whispered
to her longing heart:
be careful with the snares,
maybe you are a bird
waiting for a flight.
Here I tell a fleeting breeze,
say hello to her
when she is looking into a mirror,
kiss her eyes,
bring back a waft
of her jasmine scent.
Here I close my eyes:
I find us in a seafront
cafe, on a peninsula,
whispering our dreams
to a lustrous moon.
Copyright © Dr Javed Ahmed 2021
At dawn you greet us with bird songs,
energise our spirits, with the first rays
of sunlight, to overcome the hurdles on our paths,
to steel our resolve against your vicissitudes.
At noontide you sweeten our pain of daily struggles,
rekindle our dying desires with the warmth of the sun,
allure us with the sweetmeats of hope, and display
the illusionary rainbows to our heart's contentment.
At eventide we eat the bread kneaded by our sweat,
and drink the wine of our desires, we draw the comfort
for our tiring bodies, and prepare to sow new seeds
of hope in the fields of our dreams.
The next day, again, besotted by your seductive baits,
and hypnotised by your new dreams; we forget
your deceitful nature; we forget the approach
of your unbecoming sister.
1. These poems have been previously published in various literary journals, magazines, books and anthologies around the globe including the UK, the USA, India, Ireland and Canada.
2. Here I will post some of my previously published poems.
List of Poems