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Possum Crossing - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

Backing out the driveway
the car lights cast an eerie glow
in the morning fog centering
on movement in the rain slick street

Hitting brakes I anticipate a squirrel or a cat or sometimes
a little raccoon
I once braked for a blind little mole who try though he did
could not escape the cat toying with his life
Mother-to-be possum occasionally lopes home . . . being
naturally . . . slow her condition makes her even more ginger

We need a sign POSSUM CROSSING to warn coffee-gurgling neighbors:
we share the streets with more than trucks and vans and
railroad crossings

All birds being the living kin of dinosaurs
think themselves invincible and pay no heed
to the rolling wheels while they dine
on an unlucky rabbit

I hit brakes for the flutter of the lights hoping it's not a deer
or a skunk or a groundhog
coffee splashes over the cup which I quickly put away from me
and into the empty passenger seat
I look . . .
relieved and exasperated ...
to discover I have just missed a big wet leaf
struggling . . . to lift itself into the wind
and live
Nikki Giovanni

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Duaaen Karta Tha Ujjre Hue Mazaaron Pe

Bare Ajeeb Sahaare Talaash Karta Tha

Bhulaaye Kon Aziyy

Mohabbat Ki Baat Mat Kijiye Mujhe Acha Nahin Lagta,
K Ab Kisi Ki Mohabbat Pe Aitebaar Karna Mujhe

Jab bhi hansne ke zamaane aaye
Zakhm phir yaad puraane aaye

Baar-ha unko manaaya to hamein
RooT

Dekh kar IShQ Ankh Me Mere , kahne Laga Tabeeb,,

Afsoos
Haaye Afsoos
Tu Laa-iLaaj Hai...!!!

دل کا کیا ہے وہ تو چاہے گا مسلسل ملنا
وہ ستم گر بھی مگر س

And sometimes it happens that you are friends and then
You are not friends,
And friendship has pas

Apnon Ke Sitam Unki Jafa Yaad Karenge, ,
Hum Jurm-e-Mohabbat Ki Saza Yaad Karenge, ,
Maine Dam-e-R

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Har Koi Mast-e-Mai-e-Zauq-e-Tan Asani Hai,
Tum Musalman Ho? Ye Andaaz-e-Musalmani Ha

Humen furqat ka shikwa karne wali,
Meri mojoodgi main so rahi hai..

KHwah dil se mujhe na chahe wo
zahiri waza to nibahe wo
garche main kya meri wafaen kya
us ka

The river hemmed with leaning trees
Wound through its meadows green;
A low, blue line of mountains

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein, Gardishon Ki Dhoop Mein
Jab Koi Saya Nahi Milta To Yaad Aati Hai Maa…

Muhabbat Khof Hoti hai, ,
Kabhi Nadaan Karti Hai, ,
Kabhi Heran Karti Hai, ,
Mujhe Maloom Hai Shy

Wehshatoon ka baseera hy mujh mein..
Aaj kal mujhse ijtinaab ki jiye ...!!

اقبال کے شاھین کی پرواز جہاں تک
کرگس کی کیا مجال کہ پہن

Aik Chand Tanha Khara Raha, Mere Aasman Se Zara Parey
Mere Saath Saath Safar Me Tha, Meri Manzilon

Jee To Karta Hai Usay Muft Mein Jaan Day Dain

Itnay Masoom Khareedar Se Kya Laina Daina

Aks-o-Aina Me Ab Rabt Ho Kya Tere Baad

Hum To Phirte Hain Khud Apne Se Khafa Tere Baad...

Nai Tarah Se Nibhane Ki Dil Ne Thaani Hai,
Wagarna Us Se Mohabbat Bahut Puraani Hai,

Khuda Wo

Khuli aankh mein sapna jhaankta hai,
woh soya hai ki kuchh kuchh jaagta hai..

Teri chaahat ke bh

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