VERSE | THE ANATOMY OF HOPE

It’s feeling like the world has overcome You body and soul and then some It’s like drowning in a bottomless sea Gasping, gasping, trying to breathe Sputtering, choking reaching for airCrashing, thrashing limbs everywhere;It’s feeling the whole world closing inVision blurring, darkness descending. It’s being sure that many endings are near:Of wanting, of living andContinue reading “VERSE | THE ANATOMY OF HOPE”

VERSE | THE KNOCK KNOCK JOKE WITH A MENTAL TWIST

Written amidst the mind-numbing perils of never ending curfew lockdowns. Read at your own mental risk 🤓 Tak taka tak – Tak TakKaun hai bhai bata ab takCHINA!CHAI NA girana babuBari tarpay tarpay tarpayMeri leg not so halkay halkayKnock knockity! Knock KnockWho’s there, before I click back the lockZEBRA! ZE BRA in France is blackContinue reading “VERSE | THE KNOCK KNOCK JOKE WITH A MENTAL TWIST”

VERSE | ANOTHER TIK IN THE WALL – Part Two

A tribute to all the young women who are constantly attempting to be bigger than the patriarchal shadows cast upon them. (This is in specific response to the most recent mauling by hundreds of men, of a girl who was making a video on Independence Day at Minar-e-Pakistan – a monument ironically, symbolising freedom andContinue reading “VERSE | ANOTHER TIK IN THE WALL – Part Two”

SCARY TALES | The Happy Ever (Cr)afters

A satirical take on some of the fairy tales we’ve grown up with. Can you guess each of the four Scary Tales? 🤓 You know I kind of hate you With your magic and your spells Always trying to help folks Always being so swellMy father’s on his own trip Marrying yet again I wantedContinue reading “SCARY TALES | The Happy Ever (Cr)afters”

VERSE | OUR WORLD IS GOING TO POT

Our blue green world is going to POTNot the stuporous, cheering kindThe elating, fascinating kindThe happily beclouding kindThe angst all a-blurring sortNo, all that it certainly is notBut our world is going to POTNot the souffle baking sortNot the healthy steaming kindNot the chicken tikka fryNor the chuck roast braising sortNo, none of that comfortingContinue reading “VERSE | OUR WORLD IS GOING TO POT”

VERSE | GREATER PURPOSES

It was the weekend finallyWe were going out on the townWe each had our agendas you seeBoth, earnest and profoundMy friend, she got dressed to killThere was no other wayI put on my tinted chapstick Fixed my hair around my faceShe was going to Dolmen mallTo see and to be seenPopping mouth, bouffant teased outSkinContinue reading “VERSE | GREATER PURPOSES”

VERSE|HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS TODAY?

Rap this if you’re feeling especially bold and rhythmical today 👩‍🎤🎶🎤 ‘Did you hear the news today?’A friend asked avidly Like a magician about to pullA rabbit from his brollyScratch that, it’s actually a hat Poetic license at play But let me get back to the topic at hand: What he was about to sayContinue reading “VERSE|HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS TODAY?”

VERSE | THE QUINTESSENTIAL INTROVERT

I am the quintessential introvertThere was a time I had my social spurts But all that seems like a lifetime agoThe Corona has given our spacetime a blow. I absolutely love my solitude When I say ‘Leave me be’ I’m not being rudeIt’s just the way I’m internally wired Too much nodding and smiling justContinue reading “VERSE | THE QUINTESSENTIAL INTROVERT”

VERSE | THE PERFECT LATTE

She bubbles and she frothsShe spills over on the table clothShe frolics and she playsMy steaming mug of latte Voluminous creamy lace Hiding her caffeinated faceHer heart swells in youthful gleeOn the table in front of me.I read; wait a while; turn a pageIn latte time, it’s already middle ageThe lace is tattered, burnt skinContinue reading “VERSE | THE PERFECT LATTE”

VERSE | RECLAIMING OUR HUMANITY

KINDNESS, it’s such a simple thingAnd yet we speak of it like it was the benevolence of kingsDIGNITY, such a basic qualityAnd yet we are in awe of it like it was the Pope’s homilyCOURAGE, that gritty stuff of warriors!We speak of it like it was an unmasterable barrierHONESTY, its whiteness, and its shades ofContinue reading “VERSE | RECLAIMING OUR HUMANITY”

VERSE| I AM THE MAN

How many more of our girls will it take in its perverse, rabid death grip before we as a society change our attitudes to the way we bring up our sons? This is for Noor, Qurat-ul-Ain, Saima and the countless nameless others that we never get to hear of. I am a manI was bornContinue reading “VERSE| I AM THE MAN”

VERSE|THE QUIET TEA BAG

This started out as a children’s poem and ended on a not so PG-13 note. (Or maybe I’m being overly protective of our 21st century babes who are not so much in the woods as we were!). Anyway, reproducing it here for my readers. Let me know what you think. Cheers. There was once aContinue reading “VERSE|THE QUIET TEA BAG”