By S. K
Fri, 05, 21

Friends for 15 years, these two great poets met in the final decade of the 18th century....

Surrogate pain

By Amna Ameer

Can you learn pain?

Can you borrow an experience

Can you walk around a surrogate body

And pretend you’re the one carrying those bruises

Can you fake what goes inside the mind?

Can you plant thoughts that belong to someone else

Is there a way

To touch the surface

And drown in the waves

Of devouring emotions

That keep one up at night?

Can you sleep through your days

And still claim to know

What it’s like

To walk with your anxieties

Like shadows that follow through

Can you taste the blood

Of unsaid words

And paint them over paper

As poetry

And wonder why it doesn’t rhyme?

Can you keep petals

Of past springs

And notice why this spring smells different

Can you carry funerals

And lay your loved ones to eternal sleep

And be completely unbeknownst of the raging ache

Can you tell what it’s like

To have no way out

But to pen down

Broken verses

As salvaged breaths

Of a burning house

When fires rise up

And flames take in

Every lost belonging

Can you, who doesn’t know

Of what it’s like

To rise of the ashes


Tell what it means

To be alive once again.

Poems forever

Famous friendships

Friends for 15 years, these two great poets met in the final decade of the 18th century. During this time, they joined forces for the first volume of Lyrical Ballads. This was a significant piece of work, which represented a seismic shift with regards to the English reading public’s tastes. Unfortunately, their relationship went downhill, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge learning that Wordsworth thought he was just a “rotten drunkard.”


D.H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield

These were two poets who both died far too young. They remained friends until Katherine Mansfield died in France in 1923. They were fierce supporters of each other’s work once their strong friendship formed in the later years of their life. Lawrence even used Katherine Mansfield for inspiration in his novels, with Gudrun, a character in Women in Love, largely being drawn directly from her. Like any strong bond though, they did have ups and downs. Long separations and periods of turbulence did have an impact on their relationship.


By Ayesha Malik

Is it wrong to be elated?

Feeling joyously inflated

Over a single task done

A triumph second to none

Instead of staying home

Wasting away all alone

You know deep down

That it is okay

To stay and pray

To love and to play

Work after a day

Let your fears allay

Revel in the day

No remorse no regrets

Blessed be the best

To carry it out

Till the lights are out

Compiled by SK