Treasure Island

Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

Fond Paradoxes!


Night is like Day
always on the cycle
over-bearing on its turn;

Truth is like Fiction
gazes us into the eyes
shocks us unexpectedly;

Sleep is like Vigils
in joys, fears, pressures
you can't go into oblivion;

Reality is like Myth
stirring, amazing, incredible
for its twists and turns;

Love is like Hatred
one gets obsessed
with its ruling fever;

A Pious man is like Satan
if keeps his goodness inside
and does not spread it;

Pain is like Pleasure
weaving fabric of life
in equal motifs;

Age is like Youth
demanding though dependent
but having a rule of its own;

Life is like Death
if spent like evil
harming others around!

Submitted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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  • Diane Hine (8/24/2013 8:32:00 PM)

    Interesting connections give readers lots to think about. Fourth stanza is the best. Good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (8/21/2013 10:08:00 AM)

    It's an exquisite poem Shahzia with many deep and beautiful expressions: ''Life is like death....age is like youth', good very good! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (8/20/2013 9:30:00 PM)

    an unique write expressing opposite meaning of each work.
    wonderful write. loved it (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (8/20/2013 1:36:00 PM)

    It is an exquisite write smeared in wisdom and philosophy of life and woven into a beautiful motif of paradoxes. Well-done 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Passionate Reader (8/18/2013 10:16:00 AM)

    Absolutely brilliant work! ! ! i remember i said once You have SOUND KNOWLEDGE and you really know your work but now i must say you are becoming more PENSIVE and im really LOVING your philosophical writes :)))
    We have GREAT PARADOXES here, each one of them beautifully described with great compression! ! ! Lovely :))) (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (8/18/2013 9:15:00 AM)

    A good day's night allows us to see truth through the fiction
    Often consumed and oblivious in our wide opened sleep
    And reality is often stranger than it's myths
    Certainly pure love leaves no room for self, destroys all.
    And Satan is the most pious, reads his religious books every day.
    And one must turn his pain to pleasure to overcome the distress of life
    And an evil life has a death but life will always be abound (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/18/2013 8:43:00 AM)

    Seeing similarity in opposite things is unique in this poem. Yet each is referred to as a paradox. In reality opposing things are natural, one does not exist without the other. Yet phenomena like smoothness and friction are both beneficial. One makes us move easily and the other lets us stop when needed.
    Thank you for a beautiful thought provoking poem. My sincere thanks for your thoughtful comments. (Report) Reply

  • Sallam Yassin (8/18/2013 5:46:00 AM)

    wise with intermingling faces of the life
    every thing deceives in someway no one may assure
    which one is true/well done (Report) Reply

  • Mohabeer Beeharry (8/18/2013 5:33:00 AM)

    So much of truth in this.i love it.

    Sometimes you do not know where to rest your head.its all the same.

    Well said

    Mohabeer Beeharry

    Read my poems sometimes (Report) Reply

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