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Ghazal: Song

Nights spent mulling, dipped in the inkwell— developed into a song

You made confetti of my composition, sent an envelope with a song


When no one was looking, lies were tossed into the cauldron of history

What stayed raw, what rang true, became the honeyed dollop of a song


Glue some feathers on these walls, paint them scarlet macaw, blue jay

In this desolation, may your flightless wings break the lockup with a song


A Mongol mother sprinkles milk in the direction of the darkest valley:

a road is lit for the child who returns on horseback, gallops with a song


The last of your days, Zeest, were splintered, cut short by the axe of words

On your prosaic deathbed you pray for someone to pour the syrup of song



Shadab Zeest Hashmi






Posted 03/28/15
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