Treasure Island

Sadiqullah Khan


Memory Lane


Down the memory lane
Like a street car
With slow motions
Into some familiar roads
In search of the place
Now hidden behind so many walls
In an attempt for a glimpse of the past
Only in memory now
In the years
In which I am dead
With an opportunity
For a revisit
The structures newly raised
And signs of old age
On buildings once
Were the prides of the neighborhood
The earth now hidden under heavy slabs of concrete
Grass struggling to come out of the crevices
The old structures
Now speaking their past
In the husky voice of the old man
Who has his legs now bent and skin wrinkled
That cool of the weathering effect
Like moss on oak wood
Or the soft look of the earthen flowerpot

And when I spoke to the walls
Who had seen many like me
Looking for their lost lives
In some useless effort
To resurrect their past
While still alive
And in search of those faces and people
Whom no one knows now
Who have moved on for a better life
That beautiful girl
Who exuded sex
Now like the walls
Speak of the unspeakable

Down the memory lane
In convoluted dreams
I made another memory
To revisit again
How many more live on that memory lane
I add
New addresses
To my memory lane
For a slow drive
For my days coming

Submitted: Saturday, June 14, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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