GAME, A GHAZAL

Mohammad Zahid

One fine day you set the rules and said, “Will you play the game?”
I nodded with a smile, read the rules, wondering, “Did you say the name?”
 
There was a run, a chase, an escape, a catch, a shout and a silence
Who was the prey, the preyed who, all a puzzle, Ah!, they, the same!
 
Who won, who lost, who knew, the mystery win ended in a surrender
The one, who gave, took too and looked around, Oh! night, day, the same
 
And when you make a move to move, watch around see, feel and hear
Touch, smell the feasts around that surround, see, is this way, the same
 
Yet those who saw the sky, the tree, the bird, Alas, missed the mark
Remember, when you see just the eye, then doesn't go stray the aim
 
A mystery revealed is a key to mysteries more, and perhaps many more
Only when you stay with a calm confidant heart, Zahid, shall you lay the claim!!

 

MOHAMMAD ZAHID writes, “My first collection of poems The Pheromone Trail, (2013) is published by Cyberwit. I presented poetry at Guntur International Poetry Festival 2012, and Hyderabad Literary Festivals (2010, 2013). I feature in TIMESCAPES, a collection of poems by 22 Indian poets by Unisun Publications and Reliance Timeout. My poetry has appeared in peer reviewed journals The Four Quarters Magazine and Maulana Azad Journal of English Language & Literature of MANUU Hyderabad and also in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts as a poet and photographer. I am a contributing editor for Muse India, a literary e journal. My poetry and translations from Kashmiri and Urdu feature in Sheeraza, a Journal from Academy of Art Culture and Languages, Srinagar, Kashmir. Love for Ghazals is inspired by Agha Shahid Ali, the great Kashmiri American Poet."