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Visitors from Abroad - Poem by Louise Gluck

Sometime after I had entered
that time of   life
people prefer to allude to in others
but not in themselves, in the middle of the night
the phone rang. It rang and rang
as though the world needed me,
though really it was the reverse.

I lay in bed, trying to analyze
the ring. It had
my mother's persistence and my father's
pained embarrassment.

When I picked it up, the line was dead.
Or was the phone working and the caller dead?
Or was it not the phone, but the door perhaps?

2


My mother and father stood in the cold
on the front steps. My mother stared at me,
a daughter, a fellow female.
You never think of us, she said.

We read your books when they reach heaven.
Hardly a mention of us anymore, hardly a mention of  your sister.
And they pointed to my dead sister, a complete stranger,
tightly wrapped in my mother's arms.

But for us, she said, you wouldn't exist.
And your sister — you have your sister's soul.
After which they vanished, like Mormon missionaries.

3


The street was white again,
all the bushes covered with heavy snow
and the trees glittering, encased with ice.

I lay in the dark, waiting for the night to end.
It seemed the longest night I had ever known,
longer than the night I was born.

I write about you all the time, I said aloud.
Every time I say "I," it refers to you.

4


Outside the street was silent.
The receiver lay on its side among the tangled sheets,
its peevish throbbing had ceased some hours before.

I left it as it was;
its long cord drifting under the furniture.

I watched the snow falling,
not so much obscuring things
as making them seem larger than they were.

Who would call in the middle of the night?
Trouble calls, despair calls.
Joy is sleeping like a baby.
Louise Gluck
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OH, I haven't got long to live, for we all
Die soon, e'en those who live longest;
And the poorest

Woh bhi bohat akela hai shayed meri tarah,
Us ko bhi koi chahney wala naheen milaa..

Sara Shehar Meri Deewangi Sy Waqif Raha Magar...

Ek Teri Hi Ankhon Sy
Be-Aitbaari Na Gai...

Kabhi Takdeer Ka Matam Kabhi Mehboob Se Shikwa, ,
Ae Manzil-e-Muhabbat Tu Ne Rone Ke Siwa Diya Kya

OH world, with what baseness and guilt thou art rife!

Thou nurtures, trainest, and illest the whi

Na sawaal ban kar mila karo, na jawab ban kar mila karo,
Meri zindagi mere khawb hain, mujhe khawb

O withered rose! How can I still call you a rose?
How can I call you the longing of nightingale's h

Chehra Mera Tha Nigahen Us Ki
Khamushi Main Bhi Wo Baten Us Ki

Mere Chehre Pe Gazal Likhti Gain

Chewing slowly,
Only after I’d eaten
My grandmother,
Mother,
Son-in-law,
Two brothers-in-law,

apni hi rawani mein bahta nazar aata hai
ye shahr bulandi se dariya nazar aata hai
deta hai koi

Wo Maah-e-Arab Aj Kaaby Me Chamka

Jo Maalik Hai Sare Arab Aur Ajam Ka...

Eid Milad-un-Nabi Mub

Khushbu Gai Na Dil Se Na Yaadon Se Be-Rukhi,
(AB)
Zaalim K Saare Naqsh Baare Paai'Daar The...

Sitaron Se Aage Jahan Aur Bhi Hain
Abhi Ishq Ke Imtehan Aur Bhi Hain

Tahi Zindagi Se Nahi Ye Fez

usne kaha tha ke mai tumhe apna bana kar chorongi FARAZ
phir yun howa ke usne mujhe apna bana kar c

Some man unworthy to be possessor
Of old or new love, himself being false or weak,
Thought his pai

Celery, raw
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.
Ogden Nash

You dweller in the dark cabin,
To whom the watermelon is always purple,
Whose garden is wind and

I LOVE PAK ARMY

Har Bar Ki Tarha Is Bar Bhi EID Tujh Pe Qurban Kar Jaon Ga,
Main Ye Eid Bhi Teri

sath chalne ko chale thay sabhi dost faraz
lakin meri manzil tak ka sathi sarif mera saya tha

Wen de snow 's a-fallin'
An' de win' is col'.
Mammy 'mence a-callin',
Den she 'mence to scol',
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