Treasure Island

Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

Beyond Reach!


The colored clouds with a glistening gray base
are temptations enough for me
to get more close to myself, and
inviting me
to color my hands by soaking them
in the liquid arches of the rainbow shades
so lavishly spilt as if
the palette is dropped down by the artistic hand
on the western edge of the fabric of the azure sky…

Or create a splash of vibrant hues
In those colored lakes
for unless I touch the cloud with my own hands
I wouldn’t know
whether it is as soft as cotton
as cold as ice
that white and gray and golden cloud…

Let me feel on my pulse
whether it gets melted down in the warmth of my hands
or simply freezes them in return…
O’ to fly so high
that the stars start looking bigger than the apparent size
on the sky
Alas! Quite beyond my reach!
Useless dreaming…
How tough it is to make one’s angry Muse reconciled,
Or the lost one, found?
So it is confirmed
by many more desperate attempts to compose a verse
ending in failure…
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so this one is no exception!

Submitted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013

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  • Hazel Durham (12/10/2013 6:31:00 AM)

    To dare to be brave and truly embrace all that life has to offer and to find inspiration, to fly so high with words tumbling into such beauty and grace! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (11/30/2013 11:23:00 PM)

    Dear Shahziaji,

    December 1 is your birthday....

    Many many HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY
    Be writing, be visiting and be here and on FB..

    Greetings from

    M.D Dinesh Nair,
    Aswath Ramalingam.

    PS: It is Aswath who reminded me of your birth day and he has requested me to greet you on behalf of him when I greet you today.... (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (11/10/2013 9:33:00 AM)

    A powerful poem that appears to talk about the unreachable but still within the reach of a reader and attracting the appreciation of all. (Report) Reply

  • Rekha Mandagere (11/8/2013 11:26:00 PM)

    It is human nature to have dreams always high and challenging. But still we kkeepstruggling to reach them. Nice expression of thought in the background of natural landscape makes it rich. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (11/3/2013 10:59:00 AM)

    Nature always inspire us a lesson, more questions we have now but answer is always near...i like the discovery of natural situation in daily..beautiful thoughts! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (11/2/2013 11:44:00 PM)

    Looking up at the sky the clouds have many different hues. It can change
    from a light blue to misty gray. Through all of those beautiful colors there
    holds mysteries of the universe. They can melt into rain drops or a violent
    stormy weather. The stars are also beautiful in twinkling array of sparkles.
    One can not touch them but one can have lofty thoughts about them. Nice. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (10/29/2013 7:25:00 AM)

    Poetry! A perpetual stream of sacred consciousness flowing ever and ever beyond planets and stars and even plenty of universe. There is no question about your write. (Report) Reply

  • marvin brato (10/28/2013 2:42:00 AM)

    Poetry is beyond theoretical, its an instinctive talent beyond reach by ordinary people....its a special gift like the rainbow! (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (10/22/2013 12:12:00 PM)

    Beyond reach but close in dreams and even closer to hearts are such so dreaming is never useless. A sweet poem, dear Shazia (Report) Reply

  • Gulsher John (10/21/2013 1:10:00 PM)

    Surely your style and merits is realy IN and in deep with poetry but honestly these lines it's beyond reach, hard to catch your heart...though i have good vibes but
    arn't too much heavey strokes, that make it arty- crafty and pretentious?
    Feelings and emotions reign every line...and too lil description..
    So it is confirmed
    by many more desperate attempts to compose a verse
    ending in failure...
    Apology if got otherotherwise... (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (10/20/2013 2:13:00 PM)

    Wah shaander shairi! One of yor masterpiece strokes of poem. Marvelous dreamy n imaginative! Eid mbaruk belatd. :) (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (10/20/2013 1:02:00 PM)

    beautiful imagery of cotton clouds. o to fly so high on the sky useless dreaming. nice writing Shahzia. (Report) Reply

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