Poetry: Ahmed Nadem Qasmi

‘Writing’

The wind writes on water — the sea
On sand. All artists —
Celebrants of life A shooting star
Scribbles graffiti —
Leaves draw circles In the air The spider-web
Behind the door Is, in itself,
An astronomer’s chart.
Even the dust
is literate —
You’ll find its signature everywhere.

‘Introduction’

The whirlwind
Which has just passed this way
has been passing
for countless year
every day
exactly at this moment
in the same direction.
Yesterday
When I went forward
to meet it
It brushed me aside
Saying:
I am Time
And I do not stop for anyone.

Flowers on a Grave
Poems from Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi
Translated By Daud Kamal
The Oxford University Press, Karachi
ISBN 0-19-547497-8
65pp. Rs195
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