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Dawn - Poem by Louise Gluck

Child waking up in a dark room
screaming I want my duck back, I want my duck back

in a language nobody understands in the least —

There is no duck.

But the dog, all upholstered in white plush —
the dog is right there in the crib next to him.

Years and years — that's how much time passes.
All in a dream. But the duck —
no one knows what happened to that.

2

They've  just met, now
they're sleeping near an open window.

Partly to wake them, to assure them
that what they remember of  the night is correct,
now light needs to enter the room,

also to show them the context in which this occurred:
socks half  hidden under a dirty mat,
quilt decorated with green leaves —

the sunlight specifying
these but not other objects,
setting boundaries, sure of  itself, not arbitrary,

then lingering, describing
each thing in detail,
fastidious, like a composition in English,
even a little blood on the sheets —

3

Afterward, they separate for the day.
Even later, at a desk, in the market,
the manager not satisfied with the figures he's given,
the berries moldy under the topmost layer —

so that one withdraws from the world
even as one continues to take action in it —

You get home, that's when you notice the mold.
Too late, in other words.

As though the sun blinded you for a moment.
Louise Gluck

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SWING yo' lady roun' an' roun',
Do de bes' you know;
Mek yo' bow an' p'omenade
Up an' down de flo

Hijr Ki Pehli Shaam Ke Saaye Door Ufaq Tak Chhaaye Thay
Ham Jab Os Ke Seher Se Niklay Sab Raastay S

Days that cannot bring you near
or will not,
Distance trying to appear
something more obstinate,

Bijlii giri hai kal kissi ujrre makaan pr,
Rone laguun ki hanss parroon is daastaan pr,
Woh qehar

Phir itne may0os kyun h0 us
ki bewaFayi par Faraz,
Tum khud hi t0h kehte thay k
w0h sab se Juda h

Pyar se tab tak pyar na karo
Jab tak pyar aap se pyar na karey

Jab pyar aap se pyar kare
Tab py

Tum ne pocha hy chalo tum ko bata dety hain,
Jo hum par guzri hy tum ko b suna dety hain,

Tery

Apne Ghumon ki yun numaish na kar,
Apne naseeb ki yun azmaish na kar,
Jo tera hai tere dar par khu

Sukhnori Hamain Kab Tajurbe Se Aai Hai.
Zubaan Mein Chashni Dil Tottne Se Aai Hai.

Jidhar Se M

Tumhara saath mil jae to sab dukh bhool jaoungi
Woh kehti thi k har soorat tumhen apna banaoungi,

Youn lagey hain tere seeney se
Jaise koi dar nahin jata !!

Ungliaan phair mere baloon main
Ye

(from a song)

Perhaps I was born kneeling,
born coughing on the long winter,
born expecting

Lehja aisa k
mutmain kar dy,,,

Kitna sacha hai
mery yaar ka jhoot...

Na Cherro Baat Zakhmoo'n Ki Mera To Dil Bhi Ghail Hai..
Duaee'n Radd Hain Sub Meri, Asar Saara Hi

Sajdon K Ewaz Firdous Mile Ye Bat Mujhe Manzoor Nahi
Be-Laus Ebadat Karta Hun Banda Hun Tera Mazdoo

Ye na thi humari qismat ki wisaal-e-yaar hota,
agar aur jeete rahte yehi intezaar hota.

Tere waa

Lay down
Let's explore this tenderness between us
There ain't no one around at all to see us
A

baat chali teri aankhon say ja pohnchi paimanay tuk
kheinch rahi hai teri ulfat, aaj mujhey maikhan

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt

Jiss jagah bethna dukh dard hi gaana hum ko,
Aur aata hi nahin koi fasaana hum ko,
Kal har aik zul

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