O life- a poem by Javed Alam
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,
drink the wine of our desires, draw the comfort
for our tiring bodies, and prepare to sow new seeds
of hope in the fields of our dreams.
Then next day, again, besotted by your seductive baits,
hypnotised by your new dreams, we forget
your deceitful nature, we forget the approach
of your unbecoming sister.
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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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