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An Apology and Warning

Hamlet

Dialogue Poem Set 3.11: On Love Robe Turquoise

Robe Turquoise replied:

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An Apology and Warning

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Dear friend, I apologise

If that is how you feel.

You must not be affected so.

My words fail me.

Perhaps silence is best. Or worst.

I did not intend to offend.

Please note that I too did

Traverse the known world aforetime, Continue reading

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Nightlight

nightlight

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

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

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On how Identity can Mind-Lead you away from Truth

Mind-Lead from Truth

Often the ‘truth’ in what someone says (with mouth)

Is unheard (by ears),

When we see (with eyes)

The speaker is not of our own kind (with our minds, closed).

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By Arif uz Zaman

January 2013

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I belong

broken_city

In the world with its walls, electric towers;

In a life with chasms, iron mountains tall;

In me, a burdened, old ‘king’ of Self1(ish) powers,

Cold,

Watch as I – the enstranger – slip and fall…

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Seeking a True Civilisation

true civilisation

True Civilisation

You always knew it would dawn.

It daylighted many-a-time, and

Once supremely so,

Across the known world,

Like how supernovae, new stars wake.

It quickens the heart,

Can brighten all again:

A civilisation based upon the very Real,

Radiant,

Most Sublime,

Is sought,

Is needed – now – as ever

To sublimate

The cultural psychoses

Cancer’d by modernities’ manufacture,

Invading innovations, progressively regressive,

With pretensions to God’s throne –

Oh how man you fractured man!

All too human!

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