Harmony By Zeenat Iqbal HakimJee

1204

H A R M O N Y

POEMS BY

ZEENAT IQBAL HAKIMJEE

Copyright © 1996

All rights reserved No part of this book can be reproduced, shared in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form by any means, without prior permission in writing of the author.

 

PREFACE

I was in perfect harmony with nature when I wrote these poems. Autumn a season with falling leaves and bare trees is considered by most as gloomy, but oddly enough it inspired me to put pen to paper to make this humble effort of writing these poems.

This is my first attempt at writing poetry and probably leaves a lot to be desired but encouragement is what is required.

I sincerely hope that you would enjoy reading these poems as I have writing them.

My spirit soars up to the sky,

As I on the lush green carpet lie.

 

Ecstasy envelopes my always

…melancholy heart,

As, sudden wind blown ripples,

In the pond start.

As the winter suns, warm rays,

Caress my being I do sway

 

Frolicking and frisking, from here to there,

Like a lamb, the desire, I wish to bear.

 

May you bloom forever, my Garden of Eden,

Make my thoughts soar upto, The Seventh Heaven.

 

 

NO MORE TEARS

 

As you leave for greener pastures,

Tears flown down the cheeks at your departure.

 

The migrating bird flutters its wings,

Over for it, is the season to sing.

 

The Bentley turns round the corner

Disappears from sight, now and forever.

 

I shall miss your nudge and touch,

For our friendship others could vouch.

 

But since the ‘Sea of Gold’ is at a distance,

Leave for it right now, this instance.

 

 

WHEATHER GENUINE CAUSE OF ANGER?

 

Enraged I stroll towards

The counter,

To involve myself in

A brutal encounter;

The salesman gave me rupees

Five less,

A gruesome mistake that

He should confess,

Was the well aware

Of it,

Or did the mistakingly

Di it,

Remains to be seen

Or is it

My frustration built in.

 

 

POSSESSION

 

I own you, your every movement is mine

To do as I please

 

Why did you do this why did you do that

Raise your voice, or your eyelid bat

 

Its our of the question I won’t let you out of my sight

You belong to me only to me, you are my birth right

 

Just the other day your momentary absence felt like multitude

Was it the toilet or were you astray,

 

I am suspicious, you I possess.

Do not leave me, I shall feel the betray,

 

Your look and smile elsewhere, your touch

Are all for me, me only,

 

From others, to be kept at bay

Do not ever make a start with darling, for another,

 

It will make the other want to come hither

I feel bold and beautiful in your presence

 

But am at a loss in your absence

I own, you, you I possess,

 

 

THE BANANA

 

So I am meant to be fed to the monkey,

Wail till you have an encounter with my peel,

 

Without the night, stars you shall see,

For still life I join hands with friend apple,

 

Different shapes of me decorate a cocktail

I lie on the table as the knife slices me open,

 

An incision in my centre, split into pieces,

My seed in you sprout a plant

 

The likes of which you have to see to believe,

They should call you sprout a plant

 

I make ‘shakes’ about the reference

What you treasure to eat,

 

Out of which you should not make mincemeat

 

 

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES

 

While jogging I tripped over lace,

Next time tied my shoes with grace,

 

I sang out of tune at the dinner,

Practice, well almost made me a crooner,

 

I fell when somebody pulled the chair away

Brushed my right hand, to my Utter dismay,

 

It was my turn, I said

Tit for tat,

 

And hurt to my content,

The guilty brat,

 

In the run with,

Trail and error

 

I have grown to be

A lot wiser.

 

 

SACRIFICE

 

It seemed like my paradise was there to stay,

Everything I always wanted I possessed,

 

To hold to cherish till, I was dead

The envy of the crowd, I swayed to the rhythm

 

My heart heat and my breath hummed,

We were five in all, two boys and a girl,

 

The mild summer and a picnic by the beach

Snowflakes on the mountains not our of reach

 

On holiday or at work

Happiness and contentment always at my doorstep,

 

Suddenly fate started changing for worse,

The truth came home, not an act to rehearse,

 

He had to leave my side for greener pastures,

The children went along, all for one, one for all,

 

I was left all alone, to wipe my tears,

One my one they left me for a motionless floor,

 

I was all alone, all alone.

 

 

COMPANIONSHIP

 

Hold my hand, take me to he land,

Where name nor brand,

 

Will come in between true friends,

Shall go to their house,

 

Feeling like a louse,

Smiles, warmth, mirth and cheer,

Encompass me from all sides…

 

Take me away from my swing of mood,

Feel I well and good.

 

True friendship is hard to find,

With materialism in mind.

 

Wherever you are, come and touch me,

For mi am abound with sincerity,

 

A friend I receive…

To avoid the mire….

 

Always be there.

Give meaning to my blank stare.

 

 

ROMANCE

 

I love you, my dearest, my cherub,

The sunset and sunrise are for me a spectacle & to behold

 

Because of your warmth I do not feel the cold

Of the cloudy, dark winter nights,

 

Logs to burn I need not, nor do indeed the light.

Tomorrow is always a day to look forward to.

 

In your company life is a bundle of joy.

A tear rolls down my cheek, and shines and sparkles

 

It beautifies my skin and gives it a certain glow

In your adulation it had to flow.

 

I captured to kitten through your eyes,

And whispered a lullaby by your sound

 

Togetherness should last and last.

I am in love, I am in love.

 

 

GUILT COMPLEX

 

Enclosed in a shell like a tortoise,

Keeping away from the lively movements & noise,

 

My own I fail to recognize,

Do not shake hands with me please

 

I am no more, no more at ease,

I suffer from a guilt complex,

 

Was I the one to destroy a friendship

Or lose my temper in a relationship.

 

The other day I threw some litter on the road,

Turned a deaf ear to the call for prayer,

 

I suffer from a guilt complex

I am amazed at my faults.

 

Have I them or have I not?

Is it just the state of my mind

 

Or has somebody without cause have me to remind

Of a non-existent situation,

 

Will I ever surface, 1 suffer from a Guilt Complex.

 

 

 

TILL DEATH DO US IN

 

Last night I woke up from a dream,

To realise, that it was not what it seemed,

 

My companion for my relaxed hours,

Was wet through and through…

 

No I had not done it…

It was the thunderstorm that possessed it:

 

I totalled the time,

That flew past the chime,

 

That rung from my alarm,

To raise me with charm

 

Out indeed I shall pay no heed

The mattress and I look alike

 

Bulging from the sides-out, vital statistics 40,40,40

 

 

ENCOUNTER

 

On my travels such was my plight,

Did Gulliver or Passepartout with all their might,

 

Slip in a puddle in broad daylight

Were they bait, to such a trait,

 

In their Sunday best waiting for a suitor

Who would pronounce romance truer

 

The mishap with the hair

That turned bald and bare…

 

Thinking of the worlds miseries…

Had there been no fisheries

 

No salmon and no trout

To bring about a prick in the mouth;

 

With the writing to bleed

Promising a bond in a deed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEAVEN IS AT HER FEET

 

From the moment a child opens its eyes.

To the world and its ties:

 

She nurtures it like a steadfast rock,

Right from pant to frock.

 

“And I shall guide you,

On the path that I walked on,

 

Before you came along.

In sickness and in health,

 

In poverty and in wealth,

Whenever I needed company,

 

You gave the note to the harmony.

Sit tight little one…”

 

 

INNOCENCE

 

As the child looked with his eyes wide open,

I thought, on innocence I would write a poem;

 

Unaware of the sins committed by society.

Oblivious of death and calamity:

 

Playing with a toy gun in the hand,

As if the real one has not harmed the land;

 

Exist, does a lie, denied,

The solemn truth will always preside;

 

Early in the morning shall I arise…

To greet with a surprise;

 

The coin planted in my garden

Shall hurst into a tree?

 

With the money, chocolates I shall buy

And build a house, Hansel Gretel style

 

 

RESORT TO QUILT

 

The dark cold winter night,

Bring a shudder and a chill to the might

 

The star at a distance so high.

Part oblivious, because of the cloud in the sky,

 

The severe, pouring December rain,

From which even the umbrella covered, refrain.

 

I love to stay indoors,

And protect myself from the downpour.

 

I snuggle up warm and cozy in my eider-down quilt,

 

Watching television, sipping coffee,

Plunged on my bed, with my pillow at a slight tilt


 

LIFE IS SACRED

 

In the Garden, the blooming rose.

Tucked in the vase, in a pose.

 

The sweet fragrance, spread in the air,

Lending grace to an otherwise, room bizarre.

 

The rich red velvet of the petals.

The crowning glory of the green sepals.

 

The beauty of this natural piece,

Has at last now, withered and died;

 

Reminds one all the time,

Life should be lived to the brim,

 

In case this virtue is denied.

 

 

MY WEAKNESS IS MY STRENGTH

If there can be appeal

In the scar on that face,

 

I will take my weakness

With a lot of grace,

 

If every tumble gives you a chance

To rise erect with a new stance,

 

When the going gets tough

The tough get going

 

Yesterday, I fell to-

Get up again and start moving.

 

In the classroom the young boy

From his neighbour snatched the toy.

 

The truck rammed into the car

With all its might,

 

Killed the occupants and threw

Them out a sight,

 

The sky roared with thunder

Scared stiff as they went down under.

 

My weakness shall he my strength,

May I never misuse it

 

Even for one moment.

The meek shall inherit the earth.

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

 

Walking about in torn and tattered clothes, Looking messy with a running nose.

 

Crippled, unable to walk properly,

The arrogant man, looks at him disdainfully.

 

The other day the car almost ran her down,

As she leaped forward, begging For an aim,

 

Hand outstretched, unable to see,

In the sun, wearing dark glasses,

Makes him look shady.

 

For a cheap rate, They are bought,

Are they, Children of a Lesser God?

 

 

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD

 

The morning sun shines through the window,

Making the face beam and glow.

 

I suddenly feel the urge, to rise and shine.

 

My feelings take a turn, towards

The lofty and divine,

 

As I escape the barricade of my bed,

The wasted, whiled hours I now dread.

 

The sun has injected into me a Potion,

Which makes me want to drive into motion.

 

The golden globe warms the earth,

Returns the gaiety and the mirth.

 

 

BEYOND THE GRASP

 

Take your outstretched hand,

See dreams of the promised land.

 

Butterflies in different colours.

Dive and leap and soar,

 

Honey and nectar on the doorstep,

Would one find such a place on the map.

 

Where no misery, no bitterness, no sorrow

Looking forward always to a better morrow.

 

This is what Utopia is all about,

Neither begged, borrowed nor bought

 

 

DEATH UNKNOWN

 

After death the era seems

Bleak and dreary,

 

Woven around it an aura of mystery.

Will I have to repent for my sins,

 

Or will I be classed divine.

All questions answered at the

mercy of time-

 

Will I be in Gods domain.

Or will me be, Satan slain,

 

If I knew distinctly I would

Have an upper hand.

 

God rules supremely over the

Law of the land.

 

I am afraid of the outcome of death

Will it or will it not be as I suggest

 

 

LIFES UPS AND DOWNS

 

As the mountaineer up the mountain ascends,

Traversing the path that he will have to descend.

 

At the sight, an ordinary man

Would have shuddered.

 

Up hills and pitfalls, All a part of life.

Whether it is easy going or only strife.

 

Sometimes an obstacle comes in the way,

Sometimes it is smooth going all the way,

 

Lifes ups and downs add to its totality,

Lending to it an air of immortality.

 

 

LIVE AND LET LIVE

 

You took her out to the

Cosy restaurant for dinner,

 

I was vociferous in-my appeal,

For you as sinner.

 

Social taboos should never erect

A wall between us,

 

Otherwise our relationship

Will take a turn for the disastrous,

 

My catty instincts

Were aroused by your-

 

Blast of voice

If only I could have told myself

 

Never mind, its his choice.

The norm of the day is

 

Follow a strict diet

A pound here or there will not

 

A tremendous impact

Make on the weight

 

Live and let live,

Take and learn to give.

BUZZ OFF TELEPHONE

 

Be hold and me apprise

Of the current inflation and rise

 

In atta prices and the general

And of course dowries too

 

Acquaint you I shall with the

So called water and loo

 

Escapism with my telephone

From the hullabaloo

 

Hi, Hullo, how do you do?

Hadn’t we just met

 

Before an hour or two

Serves me right

 

If it was hate at first sight,

Out a sight, sorry upright, my telephone

 

Bill read

Not in units, tens but in hundreds

 

 

INNOCENCE

 

Huddled close by, yet far from the fire blazing.

Watching the cinders creating in the light, the night,

 

Hush, hush in subdued tones they sat whispering,

The vegetation surrounding them swaying, to and fro in the door,

 

The draft humming and wheezing through the cracks,

In the corner, the phone as silent as a graveyard,

 

The settee and settlers comfortable in its warn embrace,

Victorian paintings in the background, depicting grace,

 

The image of romance portrayed,

Tring, tring, the bell of the telephone sounds,

 

The wife speaks to her husband’s company,

Suspicions aroused, seething with rage and jealously,

 

She bangs the phone and envisages the courts,

Breaking the bond of trust that friendship is all about,

 

Between man and woman so clean and so pure,

Yet so distant and aloof to the short sighted.

 

 

TO EACH HIS OWN

 

May I have enough tolerance,

Not to take offence;

At whatever character trait

The other may portray:

If he does not possess….

 

….A sense of humour

Or enjoys spreading

Every once in a while….

A rumour.

Enjoys coming late,

Or does not felicitate.

Why does that foul my mood?

When I sometimes am up to no good.

Do I not see reason,

In the coming season;

What harm can

A living, loving soul,

Do to my whole?

If God has pronounced

The Day of Judgement,

To account for every one’s temperament,

Who am I to be displeased,

When somehodv does that or this.

CONFESSIONS OF A TERRORIST

 

Possessed by the devil,

I strode out to do evil.

 

With enmity written large on my face,

Somebody has to be dad in deaths embrace.

 

Just yesterday a child became an orphan,

And a couple were worried by the ransoms burden.

 

The fetters of depression behold the city,

Where everyday criminals like me enter captivity.

 

Karachi, Karachi of yore

Shall hot surface will not surface

 

Whilst I trigger my double barrel bore.

 

 

JOY AND SORROW

 

The begum dashes by in –

– Her flashing car,

 

To meet a companion at –

– A destination afar.

 

At a meeting point

In a parlour,

 

Five boys voraciously

In a corner ice Cream devour,

 

The silk saris and golden bangles

Glittering in the light,

 

The high heels and the leather purses

Presenting a sight;

 

The beggar in his torn

and tattered assemblage,

 

Spreads out his palm

And asks for patronage.

 

 

MOMENTS OF BLISS

 

The mild rays filtering

Through the tree;

 

The winter sun beaming

In glee,

 

The lush green grass

Beneath me,

 

Forming a carpet softly;

The birds chirping in the trees,

 

The insects frolicking from here to there

The morning dew drops thinning in the warm air;

 

An apple in my hand

I keep the doctor away;

 

What more can one ask for

I to myself say.

 

 

I FELT CHEATED

 

She was single and lonely,

All of her belonged to me;

 

At the corner of the building

Looking like a bride,

 

I spotted her needing

Help at her side

 

Chivalrously I opted

To do the needful,

 

She seemed thoroughly pleased

And blissful:

 

Then suddenly a car stopped by her,

With door flung open.

 

A man sat inside.

With wide open arms which did her beckon.

 

Alas; To my dismay, i was left alone,

Near me no more now, but an illusion.

 

 

WHAT’S COOKING

la Ra Rum go the prancing, dancing,

Flames of the stove,

 

Amused by this scenario, is the meat

Being cooked above.

 

The groin softens to the warmth of the fire,

With the cabbage and potato.

 

It forms an empire.

The unveiling of the platter,

 

Reveals, fit for a king, matter.

Copied from television this recipe

 

Is a treat, When near and dear ones,

Altogether do meet.

 

 

COURTSHIP BETWEEN

THE CAT AND THE CROW

 

My backyard is livened up

By the cat and the crow.

 

From a distance they for each other

A liking show.

 

Caw Caw, Meow Meow they hark & howl.

A din enough, to disturb the neighbouring fowl

 

Both of them perched on the dustbin.

Turn by turn.

 

Waiting for a morsel, from the kitchen to return.

Up goes the left over meat, in the air,

 

What ensues would ashame ‘The battle for the chair

 

 

BE PUSHY, FRIEND. WHEN REQUIRED

 

In the line of bill payers at the bank,

As the fairer sex,

 

If sick don’t just be blank

“Ladies first”, “excuse me11, “before you please”

 

For deals with unpaid bills,

Ask for goods back, threat if you will,

 

Repeat the request for a job.

You may make it from the mob,

 

Instead of standing, share the seat on the bus

Isn1t it much better than making a fuss,

 

Whatever you do during tug-o-war, do not push the rope

Or you’ll be the laughing stock amidst cries of,

“What a dope”,

 

 

Sometimes an obstacle comes in the way,

Sometimes it is smooth going all the way,

 

Lifes ups and downs add to its totality,

Lending to it an air of immortality.

Leave a Comment