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Hope i

Wasteland

Dialogue Poem Set 3.10: On Love ashen cloak

Ashen Cloak continued:

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Hope i

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Time to come down from the stars,

The celestial seas that span the two temples,

To stop reflecting upon beauty and enchantments

And instead, to face one’s ugly reality and learn;

Time to deaden this heavy heart

That once used to sing and mystify, pulsing,

Swooning into a thousand symphonies.

It could rage the oceans into war,

And stir the dawn to wake. Continue reading

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A Refrain: To Complain

ashen cloakDialogue Poem Set 3.9: On Love

Ashen Cloak replied:

A Refrain: To Complain

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My god,

This makes things worse!

To think how in solitude

I have wondered high and low to try,

To try and seek her out.

And yet you here, so smug,

Relate your heart’s songs

And refuse to hear mine!

Refuse to hear mine! Continue reading

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What is Love?

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Dialogue Poem Set 3.5: On Loveashen cloak

Ashen Cloak expanded:

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What is love?

But a play within a play:

The first is full of song, hearty,

Of epic-cure an’ comedy; Continue reading

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Nightlight

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ashen cloak

Dialogue Poem Set 3.2: On Love

Ashen Cloak spoke:

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Nightlight

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In the ever shrouding room

I stand, staring, motionless

Through the wide glass

Gazing, wonderingly at the

Awesome skies, expanding.

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Swirls of atmospheric

Blue amidst blue, baffling

Tints and hues

Pound into the other as the night

Dawns the sky. Continue reading

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Hope ii

sunrise

Let the sadness depart, let the night turn over;

Life’s peace* will but dawn, if I rise to greet her.

 

By Arif uz Zaman

May 2002

* Salaam is ‘peace’ in Arabic.

For the PROBLEMATIC poem to which this is the reply, read Shadow.

To understand what are the Dialogue Poems, please click here.

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Shadow

shadow

There is a grey shadow about my neck

That stifles every which way I turn.

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By Arif uz Zaman

1997

For the REPLY to this poem, read Hope ii

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Ache

Alone-Manrock_underground

 

 

An Ache. Always an ache.

The terrible struggle of days and aeons

And from this trembling body I gaze aghast at my terrestial hand that shakes,

Severed, in front of my face across the space,

Almost light years away in this enclosure.

But it is real. Continue reading

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