March 17, 2017
By S. K

Excerpted from ‘A Dream Within a Dream’

Poems forever

A dream within a dream

I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand -

How few! Yet how they creep

Through my fingers to the deep,

While I weep - while I weep!

O God! Can I not grasp

Them with a tighter clasp?

O God! Can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?

Excerpted from ‘A Dream Within a Dream’

by Edgar Allan Poe



By Samavia Mazhar


That first drop of tear

that strikes the cheeks

its unwantedness

its burden

- Is pain !

That ecstatic feeling of possession

that grief of knowing it wouldn’t be for long

its emptiness

its helplessness

-Is pain

That river of tears which dried

that heart in pieces - still alive

its fear for hope

its vanishing desire

-Is pain



By Laraib Zakir


As I fumbled towards my book wrack to complete the one-week lingering assignments,

I tumbled upon the books that lay on the floor.

When am I going to put them back into shelves?

Tomorrow? Tomorrow!


As I hastily opened my cupboard to pick a stunning dress for evening out,

A heap of desperately wrung clothes toppled over my head.

When am I going to fold them neatly in piles?

Tomorrow? Tomorrow!


As I dashed towards the fridge to satisfy my rumbling stomach’s midnight cravings,

I monotonously stared at all the chocolates, jellies and cold drinks.

When am I going to buy some sensible healthy food?

Tomorrow? Tomorrow!


As I lay on my bed fiddling with my hair,

I realize that my whole life has been

A one big tomorrow.


By Afifa Furqan


I was fain to look around

At the leaves drinking the rain,

The moment made me bound

Viewing the beads on the ground,

Suddenly the lightning tore asunder

The grumbling sky I was standing under,

Cool breeze carried eye catching smiles

That could be seen from many miles,

At breakneck speed the clouds collided

Sun teasing them opposite sided,

The flowers, very happy to be crowned

And the fishes happily drowned,

The Sun winked and thought it would be wise

To come up and rise,

Now the sun is shining bright

Leaving a jaw dropping sight!


Simple query

By Aman Sadiq


In the whisper of worldly breath,

Passing days and nights

mysteriously like a whirlpool

to a grave of never lights

In each flap of cuckoo’s wings

down and up, up and down

lies a clear signal of wisdom

and I lived like a senseless clown

He solved the complex questions

of science and mathematical sky,

but failed before a simple query

where I am, and who am I



By Maryum Tayyab


When the vicious certainty of an uncertainty,

Crashed down on her,

Every heart beat collided against her hollow existence.

The lost remnants of a jigsaw puzzle

Defined her meaningless self.

Adding more insignificance,

To the already prevailing nothingness.

melancholy engulfed her life,

impenetrable boundaries;

Invisible to others,

Inevitable for her.

Behind the ethereal filigree,

Hidden in the sangfroid,

She fought back the mounting tears.

Bowdlerizing, the mere reason of her survival.

In contrast, to her useless continuation

As a flower made its way to her grave,

The world disfigured into a useless entity.

What an oxymoron!

As her corpse smiled a mocking smile!

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