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Usman Hanif

Rookie - 10 Points (15-06-1988 / Rawalpindi)

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A Night Before Battle


Lying in the open and gazing at stars
Gives me nothing but the war of thoughts
The thoughts try to defeat one another
but die in vain to let in new thoughts

Shield below my head sword in the hands
my head visualizes the attack of bands
Blood rush through my head n heart
on the ground of thoughts my spirit lands.

There is no one to fight, no blood to spill
Below is the dissolving ground of thoughts
Hordes and hordes of vermins wait to kill
with no blade to fight, no armor to defend

Ground changes the colour, blood gushes in brain
The gray matter churns and creates a new aura
the pressure creates and makes me insane
Everyone stabs me, kills me to the end of pain

And I lie dead on the ground of thoughts
these thoughts become thin, start to disperse
everything starts to blur in the clinging knots
Something influences me like magic, like a curse

A ray of light sparkles and penetrates my eyes
And every creature pounds every inch of me
Stars have gone and the light has arrived
Amid the preparing comrades, lies me.....

Submitted: Thursday, March 16, 2006
Edited: Friday, October 28, 2011

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,680 Points Terry Craddock (11/10/2014 1:17:00 AM)

    Heaven's Reaches Within Hand Clasps

    standing outside in quiet open spaces
    in empty park or in a field surrounded
    by circumference of an horizon sphere
    gazing at stars filling night velvet void

    lying in open spaces gazing at stars
    in the warm wind stream of night
    induces a curiosity haunting longing
    star gazing introspection inspires

    differing mood personality perceptions
    gazing up at stars on cold winter nights
    inspires sharp chill cutting crisp clarities
    reaches within heavens within hand clasps


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by my comment upon the poem 'A Night Before Battle' by Usman Hanif.
    Dedicated to Usman Hanif. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,680 Points Terry Craddock (11/10/2014 12:01:00 AM)

    Star Gazing Into Alien Imaginations

    lying in the open gazing at stars
    in the wind stream of stellar night
    induces in me a haunting longing

    a cold impaling vacuum space filled chill
    a desire to grasp traverse unattainable distances
    a need to master transfix time space continuum

    to explore time secrets sealed in eternity
    to unlock know cosmic creations discoveries
    civilizations released in distant alien minds


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by my comment upon the poem 'A Night Before Battle' by Usman Hanif.
    Dedicated to Usman Hanif. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 912 Points Rajkamal P.j (11/8/2014 9:25:00 PM)

    Good write indeed. The thought drama is after all what is life. The third verse is remarkable. To the simple vermin we are nothing. Congrats. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,680 Points Terry Craddock (11/8/2014 7:52:00 PM)

    'Lying in the open and gazing at stars' in the wind stream of night, induces in me a haunting longing, a cold impaling chill, a desire to grasp unattainable distances, a need to master transfix time space continuum, to explore time secrets sealed in eternity, to unlock know creations discoveries civilizations released in alien minds (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 639 Points Lee Mack (11/8/2014 10:21:00 AM)

    Tops! USMAN; on any list of poems including international ecclesiastic scriptures... Thought as a balancing act much as a circus juggler, thus the curses; much as the law repeats, expecting different results; so in the end GRACE lifts us. I shall forever remember this poem as one great poetic expression along side Langston Hughes, Gibran, ML King, and Angelou.... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,470 Points Savita Tyagi (11/8/2014 8:22:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem. Written so beautifully. Our minds do become battle grounds and we sometime helpless warrior lying lifeless. Congratulations for a well deserve poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 618 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (11/8/2014 4:20:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful poem...quite worthy of being poem of the day...without thoughts, we are lifeless indeed... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rose Guber (11/15/2012 6:46:00 AM)

    Loved it, well said! The use of words conveys the futility of war, to me at least. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 131 Points Prasanna Kumari (11/8/2012 5:32:00 AM)

    very nice poem full of thoughts springing from reality and filled with fantasy it makes a good poem.. (Report) Reply

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