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Exchanging Hats - Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

Unfunny uncles who insist
in trying on a lady's hat,
--oh, even if the joke falls flat,
we share your slight transvestite twist

in spite of our embarrassment.
Costume and custom are complex.
The headgear of the other sex
inspires us to experiment.

Anandrous aunts, who, at the beach
with paper plates upon your laps,
keep putting on the yachtsmen's caps
with exhibitionistic screech,

the visors hanging o'er the ear
so that the golden anchors drag,
--the tides of fashion never lag.
Such caps may not be worn next year.

Or you who don the paper plate
itself, and put some grapes upon it,
or sport the Indian's feather bonnet,
--perversities may aggravate

the natural madness of the hatter.
And if the opera hats collapse
and crowns grow draughty, then, perhaps,
he thinks what might a miter matter?

Unfunny uncle, you who wore a
hat too big, or one too many,
tell us, can't you, are there any
stars inside your black fedora?

Aunt exemplary and slim,
with avernal eyes, we wonder
what slow changes they see under
their vast, shady, turned-down brim.
Elizabeth Bishop

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Deen Se Door Na Mazhab Se Alag Betha Hoon,
Teri Dehleez Pe Hoon Sab Se Alag Betha Hoon.

Dhang

I THINK we are too ready with complaint
In this fair world of God's. Had we no hope
Indeed beyond

Jagg'd mountain peaks and skies ice-green
Wall in the wild, cold scene below.
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.'!"MOH$IÑ"!'.

Najane yeh Matti ka in

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Naqaab Daal Kar Koi Parsa Nahi Hua….!

Zahid sharab peene de masjid mein beth kar,
Yaa woh jagha bata jahan Khuda nahin..
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Kab nahin naaz uthaye hain tumhare mene,
Dekho aanchal pe sajaye hain sitare mene,
Wohi lamhaat as

Wo Doobty Suraj Ko Dekhta Hai Faraz
Kaash Main Bhe Kisi Shaam Ka Manzar Hota...

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shahzadi mujhe darbar nahin chahiye hai
aaKHiri ashk se

AH! dear one, we were young so long,
It seemed that youth would never go,
For skies and trees were

Jo Guzari Na Ja Sake Ham Se

Ham Ne Wo Zindagi Guzari Hai

Ek Dil Hai Jo Har Lamha Jalane Ke Liya Hai,

Jo Kuch Hai Yahan Aag Lagan Ke Liye Hai

SunO.....
Humdam Mere Mujh kO
BOhat Kuch Tum se Kehna Hai
Yeh Raatein
Mujh Pe Bhaari Hain

It came to me one night as I was falling asleep
that I had finished with those amorous adventures

Surely I will be disquieted
by the hospital, that body zone-
bodies wrapped in elastic bands,
bo

Hazaron Khawab Aankhon Me
Saja Kar Kuch Nahi Milta...

Knowing you might some day come
and how unprepared I’ve always
been
like Mr. Sloppy
in Charles

The new hath come and now the old retires:
And so the past becomes a mountain-cell,
Where lone,

misal-e-barg kisi shaKH se jhaDe hue hain
isi liye to tere panw mein paDe hue hain
zamin ne unch

Subaq Raftaar Lamhoon Ki Hadain Tarteeb Deta Hoon,
Sehar Ki Saans Ginta Hoon Shabain Tarteeb Deta

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