Poetry – Rizwan Akhtar – jeton d’amour

jeton d’amour

for Rebecca

I am not after your extraordinary limbs and
the way you cover paths beating my chase
watered eyes and bruised hands were used
to stop me from wasting words on your face
out there in the bazaar I could have picked
a bracelet an ivory ring glossy set of bangles
you outweighed my melodramatic spending
the space between a muse and a woman
lulling me once gain into rusty ritual of past
would only make me a tree without a shade
a bird without a mate and other casualties
waiting but after all couplets do not squeeze
images do not die by the very sting of refusal.

Rizwan Akhtar – March, 2021

More poetry by Rizwn Akhtar

Lahore, I am Coming
Author: Rizwan Akhtar
Publisher: Punjab University Department of Press and Publications 
Pages: 220
Price: 500/- PKR


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

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