Themes
Rizwan Akhtar
  They are coming: some

  bending for support 

  for a stage which can house them 

  a language which can choose them

  to welcome them so far so good
  
from garden, from window
  
with you, and without me

  fostering no one

  they tell us we want a place:
  
to protest long hours

  refined and careful 

  not exactly non-human

  I am glad to have contracted 

  such sympathy, we are surrounded:
  
a silence already explains presence

  a wordless morning, a windless night

  a chorus of existence in everything

  in rooms, parks, houses 

  our days spent in locking doors

  they claim to make neighbors. No!
Rizwan Akhtar works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his PhD in postcolonial literature from the University of Essex, UK, in 2013. He has published poems in poetry magazines in the UK, Wales, the U.S., India, Canada, and New Zealand.


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