Treasure Island

Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

My Midnight Diary!



Staring wistfully
at the empty oyster shell
upon my palm
the pearl earned with labor
no idea…when or how
despite all care and caution
got lost in negligence?

Across the horizons
the stars are jubilant
in a mood of revelry
within a split second
there will be greetings galore
though I won’t be there any more!

the mermaids dancing on the shore
can never sever me from my isolated self
let them know
the impulse of envy is defunct in me;
tonight I’ll refresh
my regular To-do-list
in my midnight diary
tomorrow the first thing that I shall do
yes, I shall remember to forget you!

Submitted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Edited: Thursday, March 27, 2014

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  • Yash Shinde (4/8/2014 11:45:00 PM)

    ..............a deep and profound write! ............burying the past is a good practice.....helps you head towards the future.....lovely write (Report) Reply

  • Sallam Yassin (4/6/2014 4:01:00 AM)

    relations come with time on shores
    neglected as empty oyster shells
    and so then
    it is time to remember to forget them
    very profound (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (4/4/2014 12:05:00 AM)

    shahzia, i'll be sneaky and send my thanks for the two poem comments you left me. yes, i'll leave them right HERE, right NOW!

    Date & Time: 3/29/2014 3: 38: 00 AM

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    Poem: 38544368 - [Humor] Speak To Me, Moon..... [speaking to the moon; fantasy; humor; very SHORT]
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    Comment: This is strange that i have seen the boys with their nick MOON, and the girls too with the same name MOON...Ted Hughes calls the MOON as a male artist, while Keats in his ode to a nightingale says, perhaps the Queen Moon is on her throne/clustered around by all her starry maids...i don't think that the moon is deaf and dumb and blind but the poem is like a light relief, wittily composed! thanks for sharing!



    Date & Time: 3/29/2014 3: 30: 00 AM

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    Poem: 38402366 - PH Topic Field, “Required”; My Response To Valsa …. [Re PH Topic Field, “Required”… Find This Poem Listed Under “Change” Or “Crazy” Or “Discrimination” Or “Despair” Or “Evil” Or “
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    Comment: an interesting read! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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    AS FOR YOUR POEM: i didn't read it yet!

    yes, to-do-list can be daunting IF one pays too close attention to them. but it can be very rewarding to have one if it helps the holder remember some more important things-to-do! like look at poemhunter?

    i had trouble following you in the first stanza. but if i move some of the lines around, and maybe add a little punctuation, i have no trouble with it.

    the second stanza is a bit mysterious for me, BUT interesting. i don't like having to use my old brain too much these days. of course i never liked using it very much, and it cooperated!

    just once, i'd like to go to the shore with you to view the mermaids. hee-hee. thanks for sharing. bri ;) (Report) Reply

  • Tribhawan Kaul (4/3/2014 2:11:00 AM)

    There is this general tendency that we tend to blame ourselves while losing something dear to us. However a trait in every human being is also to forget which makes us recover and be ourselves. A very nice poem with flowing thoughts as usual. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (3/29/2014 4:24:00 AM)

    Shahzia, you have expressed our thought also.From subjectivity to universality...............Amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (3/28/2014 8:35:00 PM)

    I shall remember to forget you!
    Forgetting is the greatest boon for human beings. Remember to forget is a great usage. Beautifully put. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (3/28/2014 1:21:00 AM)

    To lose the hard earned pearl is painful, I know Shahzia.... But if you have patience to wait, an unopened oyster may astound you with a glazing pearl embedded within! Your resolution 'to remember to forget' is the best thing now you can do.... I love this poem in its measureless depth and beauty! !

    Thank you Shahzia for your sweet comment on Eagle on Wings! (Report) Reply

  • Muhammad Ali (3/27/2014 12:54:00 PM)

    I feel while reading the poem, that 'not to say what is Must to say'. Nice poem and addictive rememberence if i can say. (Report) Reply

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