In Times of Self-Isolation poem by Rizwan Akhtar


In Times of self-Isolation


I have just discovered that there is a world outside

still a touch away from us we used to be so familiar


coming each  morning the sun bloats carelessly

even shadows of all possible sizes remain alone


no one comes out to sue time for being too slow

and for being easily available without any hitch


but the end is soon judged even before it is over

stars are punctual and so is the newspaper hawker


we still have buildings, enough rooms to make love

where language still makes a lot of sense of silence


and without thrusting elbows and haunches we adjust

in verandahs where a couple of chairs do the trick


where birds land leaving us a company of feathers

in a flash they pick, fly, make us wonder about skies.

Lahore, I Am Coming (2017) is the first Collection of poems of Rizwan Akhtar published by Punjab University Press, Lahore.


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