RIVER, A GHAZAL

Mohammad Zahid

Starting from the icy summits far away, to where the river ends
The dreams flow, ocean ward, there, where the river sends
 
The gurgles, falls and rapids, joyous, their rapturous noise deafens
Recoiling from the distant lands, in silence, where the river attends
 
Seducing, serpentine swaying, slowly coursing across the lowlands
Leaving behind a forgotten meander, somewhere, where the river bends
 
Memories of the youthful grace gradually fade and fall with time
The heavy heart beats on, the left ones, somewhere the river spends
 
All the silt and sand brought along, while in tumultuous tizzy
Settles down in a pitiful perdition, there, where the river mends
 
Its clamourous ways surrendering to the great treatise of all rivers
Forging a delta full of life, starting, there, where the river ends  
 
Zahid, there is a rhythm cycling, in giving away what you take,
Defining the ebb and flow, again, anew, where the river ends.

 

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."