COVID-19: a poem by Javed Alam
When gloves and masks
became our daily attires,
and aeroplanes were grounded
like birds with broken wings;
when love lost its sensuality,
and the frost of isolation
gnawed on our souls;
when no one prayed
in mosques and churches,
and no one attended
when death rode swiftly,
secretly, on the wings
of an invisible monster,
and danced in the crevices
of our, gasping, lungs;
when time, unlived, turned stale
like unused fruits in our fridges,
and no one noticed
a blooming spring;
when we spent our days
and nights, idling, talking
about angst and boredom,
about deaths and wills,
about the spread
of a contagion;
we all clung to the straw of life
with hand washing,
and social distancing.
How I saw you- a poem by Javed Alam
How I saw you
How I saw you, a new age Cleopatra
With an Instagram profile,
Standing on the steps of a Sufi mausoleum.
A solitary moon, over the Baḥr Al-Nil,
Surrounded by longing, stars, followers.
A revelation, pregnant with
Beauty, mischief, mystery, and wisdom.
How I saw you, a blessing, delivered
On the sill of the stretched nights,
To read you like a poem, to watch you
Move your hands and lips,
To see the magic, unveiling, in your playful eyes,
To smell your, inner, fragrance,
To taste your, Mediterranean, mellowness,
To hear you like an Azan.
How I discovered you carrying, a soul
Of the Anath , roses in one hand and a lance in another.
How I saw you becoming
A sprinkle of dew
For the arid fields of my mind.
How I saw you triggering
A new Odyssey
Filled with Pyramids of joy and tribulations.
1. Bahr Al-Nil is an Arabic name for the River Nile
2. Anath (Anat) was a Semitic goddess of love and war.
These poems have been previously published in various literary journals, magazines, books and anthologies around the globe including the UK, the USA, Ireland and Canada.
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