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(August 2,1988 / Eminabad, Pakistan)

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I'm Standing Here

as the winter fades and the snows melt
as the mist clears and the sun shines
as the spring invades and the lilies bloom
as the winds blow and caress the earlobes
as church bells ring and prayers are said
as hopes build and disappointments vanish
as the dusk falls and the dawn breaks
as the babies laugh and the mothers smile
as they fall in love and cherish now
as the birds sing and the crickets chirrup
as I smell the petrichor and the monsoon falls

I’m standing here
as the autumn prevails and the lilies decay
as the heat subsides and the cool winds blow again
as the fallen leaves rustle and the sunsets become serene
as hopes disappear and gloom sinks in
as far away glaciers form and oceans freeze
as I hear death and the dead
as love gets lost and betrayal takes place
as I wait for you and silently pray

I'm standing here and I see you nowhere
Now you're standing there and you call on me
I hear your echoes and my heart beats
You're standing there but it's late-too late!

Submitted: Friday, January 24, 2014
Edited: Friday, January 24, 2014


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