Agha Shahid Ali

(4 February 1949 – 8 December 2001 / New Delhi / India)

Agha Shahid Ali Poems

1. A History Of Paisley: 6/16/2012
2. K. L. Saigal 6/16/2012
3. Storm 6/16/2012
4. I See Chile In My Rearview Mirror 1/20/2003
5. Land 6/16/2012
6. Prayer Rug 6/16/2012
7. Of Light 6/16/2012
8. Learning Urdu 6/16/2012
9. Taxidermist 6/16/2012
10. Shaving 6/16/2012
11. Snowmen 6/16/2012
12. Stationery 6/16/2012
13. Ghazal 6/16/2012
14. The Wolf's Postcript To 'Little Red Riding Hood' 1/20/2003
15. Even The Rain 1/20/2003
16. Tonight 6/16/2012
Best Poem of Agha Shahid Ali

Tonight

Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell tonight?
Whom else from rapture’s road will you expel tonight?

Those “Fabrics of Cashmere—” “to make Me beautiful—”
“Trinket”—to gem—“Me to adorn—How tell”—tonight?

I beg for haven: Prisons, let open your gates—
A refugee from Belief seeks a cell tonight.

God’s vintage loneliness has turned to vinegar—
All the archangels—their wings frozen—fell tonight.

Lord, cried out the idols, Don’t let us be broken;
Only we can convert the infidel tonight.

Mughal ceilings, let your mirrored ...

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Snowmen

My ancestor, a man
of Himalayan snow,
came to Kashmir from Samarkand,
carrying a bag
of whale bones:
heirlooms from sea funerals.
His skeleton
carved from glaciers, his breath arctic,
he froze women in his embrace.

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