Treasure Island

Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

My Scattered Thoughts xii



To veil from the world
doesn’t mean to cease to exist
as much as to exist doesn’t always end up in living.
I stay amazed at nature’s play
of hide and seek, and truth and dare
as well as the world’s varying vanities,
that’s why when the buds bloom,
the breeze blows,
birds sing and glide and float and flutter their wings,
only then the dear life redeems me from all worldly woes,
rendering upon me its meaning in full.
the sea has no choice but tossing itself
the time is bound to fly away towards eternity
a reality accepted and not to be connived at.
Once the harbor’s cleared,
the unconditional sailing upon the waves starts
it will be nice too, a light sail
if they don’t hang any albatross around my neck
I stay checked from the inside;
Strange facts turn life into a daily allegory
encoded into a derwesh’s dance in a trance,
or in the life-saving flight of the migrating birds
who don’t have the fear of the unknown
or the sense of alienation,
or the nests permanently built in concrete
God! help me read between the lines
the text you have masterly displayed...
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the ink of my pen is in flood ~~~

Submitted: Sunday, March 09, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 10, 2014

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  • Valsa George (3/25/2014 10:24:00 PM)

    May I repeat, you are at your creative best in your Scattered Thoughts! In between the lines I can read the existential angst of the poet, see the redness of blood that oozes out of her heart, her sense of relief at watching the beautiful objects and little lives in Nature and her attempt to explicate the allegory of life! You come finally to the assumption that a journey into the unknown from the nests built in concrete is not quite fearsome... A great write Shahzia and a 10 (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (3/25/2014 5:57:00 AM)

    A fatigued poet in the solace of nature's bounty has once more expressed here thoughts immaculate. (Report) Reply

  • Tribhawan Kaul (3/24/2014 2:18:00 AM)

    If one reads in between the lines, through your poetic weaving, you have rendered the philosophy of life starting with first three outstanding lines. Getting redeemed by nature's blessings infusing the vigorous approach towards. facing the upheavals and understanding of life taking a leaf out of migratory birds, lamenting the caged life all thoughts have been eloquently and beautifully written. One of your outstanding poems.10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Sreelekha Premjit (3/19/2014 11:58:00 PM)

    What lovely write, Shahzia...if we could read between lines, and see what is unseen.. how much more beautiful life would be..thanks for sharing your thoughts.. (Report) Reply

  • Md Asadullah (3/15/2014 9:12:00 AM)

    I agree with your thoughts shazia aapi, you are an inspiration to our community and to me as well, I respect you, you are my elder, someone has given you 1 for this poem, let me give you 10. (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (3/13/2014 11:55:00 PM)

    It; s so thoughtful and thought-provoking that I read it again and again. I found many quotable lines: 'Strange facts turn life into a daily allegory
    encoded into a derwesh’s dance in a trance, ''......''God! help me read between the lines
    the text you have masterly displayed...'', wisdom speaks eloquently! (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (3/13/2014 10:14:00 PM)

    Shazia - you really had opened your mind and flooded it with your ink.... a thoughtful write (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (3/10/2014 3:25:00 PM)

    The ink of your pen is pouring forth beauty and a passionate love for nature. A deep and joyous write. (Report) Reply

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