In a world full of sorrow

With nothing but pain

How can I be kind

With nothing to gain


Yet you smile

Like an incandescent dream

Against odds and oddity

In a world miserably mean


You show us a path

Forgotten and ignored

And a humble sense of humanity

Once adored


My own reflection

Is my worst nightmare

Haunting and daunting

Embodiment of despair


Yet you carried this burden

This long, this far

Only to be rewarded with betrayal

At the judgement hour


Yet you smile

Like dawn of spring

In a world that treats you

Like a plaything


The blame is mine

And I bear it in shame

This guilt, this suffering

My existence, my bane


In a darkened world

You’re a speck of light

Which I once cultivated

Now lost, and denied


Paper Notes v2.0 #43

Paper Note v2 - 43

The Ocean Between Us

How can the apathetic ocean separate us

When I can hear your heartbeat

In its pregnant silence

And you, my love, can hear my song

Carried by the gentle wind

And the lovely winter birds

How can our love be bound to you or me

When we aren’t

I can still smell you in the evening air

While the sun drowns

Just like I do

In an ocean of you

Lonely nights bring memories of you

Of our time together – good and bad

And I embrace every moment of it

The water of my tears, my witness

I hope you long for me

With your every breath

The ghost of my warm embrace

Lingering in your dreams

Oh, my love, how I miss you

And that intoxicating smile

More potent than the finest of wines

How I long to hold your hand

To never let go of it again

And walk with you down the solitary road

In the pouring rain

You are my anchor

Something to hold on to

I love you my darling

I really do

Ghazal #8

ख़ुश्क आंखों में तू सहरा बसा दे
किसी दरिया से समंदर मिला दे

आसमां तुझे ज़ोम है अंधेरों पे अपने
तो वो एक चांद और कुछ तारे गिरा दे

पड़ा जाता है मेरा बदन नीला
मेरी ज़ात में कुछ रात मिला दे

सहरा – desert
ज़ोम – pride
ज़ात – being