Treasure Island

Naseer Ahmed Nasir

(April 01,1954 / Pakistan)

Haikus (The Moon)


The moon stared hiding itself,
The night was sitting
Nude in the balcony

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Every phalanx was lighted,
In her closed fists
Was it the moon or the firefly?

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The night all bared,
And from behind the curtains
Of, the coconut trees, the moon peeping.

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The milky heat of the moon,
The frozen sky melts
Despair poured, drop-by-drop.

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On the coastal rocks,
Hanging its head, the moon
Sits, before committing suicide.

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The decay of the night,
In the shades of the places of worship
The moon too feels exhausted.


(1985, Translated from Urdu into English by Dr. M.Q. Khan, India)

Submitted: Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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  • * Sunprincess * (5/3/2014 2:08:00 PM)

    .......this one is amazing....and totally caught me off guard....enjoyed these...
    ~On the coastal rocks,
    Hanging its head, the moon
    Sits, before committing suicide.~ (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (10/13/2009 12:01:00 AM)

    Message from Lillian Thomas:

    From: Lillian Thomas (Houston United States; Female; 60)
    To: Naseer Ahmed Nasir
    Date Time: 10/10/2009 8: 39: 00 AM (GMT -6: 00)

    Subject: re: 6 Haikus (The Moon)

    Dear Naseer.
    6 haiku, lovely little poems, miniatures of brilliant poesy, but not haiku, if you mean the Japanese form. I don't mean the We have many English writers who try their hand at this form, thinking it is only 5-7-5. But to be at all true to the form, the Japanese use no poetic devices, esp. no anthropomorphism. The images are stunning without calling them haiku.
    Sincerely,
    LT (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Martyres (10/10/2009 9:19:00 AM)

    Delightful haikus Naseer, you have really brought out the poetic magic of the Moon..I too liked the Suicide one...brilliant.10 (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (10/8/2009 9:01:00 PM)

    Beautiful Haikus, Naseer.The magic of moonlight cannot be overestimated.
    Each one is extraordinary in its own way, but the suicide one is
    my favorite.10/10.

    Warm wishes,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Antonio Liao (10/8/2009 7:46:00 PM)

    if someone feel each lines your poem say....it's a magical sublime of refreshing
    mind....something secret that relaxes the mind and the nerve....such poem
    brings the rainbow down to surface our teary world.....God bless.....a 10 + (Report) Reply

  • bye bye... bye bye (10/8/2009 6:05:00 PM)

    I liked them all, very much, but especially the coconut one and even more the suicide one. A refreshing way of looking at the moon. I read these tiny poems as separated from each other. I suppose you wrote them at different times? (Report) Reply

  • Sahar Sahar (10/8/2009 1:46:00 PM)

    Very softly touching and romantic poems with delicacy, and sentimentality, exuberant with heart felt emotions...... (Report) Reply

  • Kranthi Pothineni (10/8/2009 12:55:00 PM)

    I hadn't read till date such a lovely romantic piece, specially on moon. Terrific imaginary. Tones of appreciation to you and the translator too. (Report) Reply

  • Patrick A. Martin (10/7/2009 11:12:00 PM)

    If I were teetering on the edge of a cliff and suddenly I disappeared would it not be natural to assume I may have jumped and if I jumped would it not be considered suicide. Who says the moon has no heat a ligt bulb emits a milky glow but try changing it after it has been on for a while and see if your hand doesn't get burnt.
    I like this work Naseer even though I'm not fond of this form of poetry. Perhaps because I'm not clever enough to be good at it. (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (10/7/2009 10:26:00 PM)

    Excellent imagery but for two points - 'milky heat' and 'the moon committing suicide'. These imagery do not suite to romantic taste of man. Moon doesn't instil such a thought in man. You should have read one of the stories of Mopassant wherein the moonlight plays the central character of a love story. Having read that, this imagery do not go at par with it according to me. (Report) Reply

  • Rehana Nazli (10/7/2009 3:33:00 PM)

    Fascination about the moon both in poetic world and astrology is never ending story. An interesting translated poem. (Report) Reply

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