Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

The Song Of Life!


Upon the unkind shores of the rough Sea
under the merciless blows of the mighty winds
you have to dig your heels deep
into the slippery sands;

'midst the ear-deafening noise of the moody Nature
the flute of life needs to compose
the melodies of existence
willy-nilly, or happily;

Do not put your fingers either on the lips of clouds
or into the entrails of your ears,
they have to whisper their solemn secrets
in the most wished for downpour
on the slaked soil of the parched ground;

the buds will bloom
the birds will sing
the hope will rule the way of the world
the Sun will do the role of the Christ
in the play of resurrection and crucifixion;

The Stars will throw their glistening glow,
life will run on the balanced beats,
think before you touch the waters
it won't be possible
to stop the ripples of reaction to be made
either of retaliation or reciprocation,
it depends on how you touch the waters
this is the theme of life this song is all about!

Submitted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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  • Lyn Paul (8/18/2013 9:00:00 AM)

    Hope will rule the way of the world. In our theme of life. Beautiful words. Have a beautiful day Every day providing your song of life (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/14/2013 7:45:00 AM)

    Fantastic write. I can see all the lovely comments and I agree with them as no words are left for me to write..
    Beautiful poem. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (8/13/2013 12:21:00 PM)

    This optimistic note from you have come like a real song on life we aspire for....
    The poet in you are elevated to still a higher platform with this write Miss Shahzia Batool. (Report) Reply

  • Aswath Raman (8/13/2013 3:00:00 AM)

    Yes. Every crucifixion will result in a resurrection. Whether its Christ, or sun or even memories for that matter. Great write Ma'am! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/13/2013 12:41:00 AM)

    This is a fantastic write Shahzia! Retaliation or reciprocation depends on how we touch the waters.... The theme of this poem is truely the theme of life! Digging the heels deep into the slippery sands is a beautiful image! ! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (8/12/2013 9:48:00 PM)

    life will come life will go but resonance of song of life shall ever be echoing through ages (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (8/12/2013 11:36:00 AM)

    Superb poem - love the last verse, reminiscent of the Law of Karma. It depends on how you touch the waters - great line, deep and meaningful. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (8/12/2013 5:51:00 AM)

    The hope of nature will survive all thing that we throw at it. I wonder.... A good poem Shahzia. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/12/2013 5:39:00 AM)

    Ripples of reaction or reciprocation depend on how you touch the waters. In spite of all that we know, nature is still unpredictable. Captured in the poem beautifully. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Chandana Khan (8/12/2013 4:43:00 AM)

    “In the hour of adversity be not without hope For crystal rain falls from black clouds”
    a persian proverb for this nature poem with a message of hope.10 marks. (Report) Reply

  • Poet's Fan (8/12/2013 4:34:00 AM)

    ''the buds will bloom
    the birds will sing
    the hope will rule the way of the world
    the Sun will do the role of the Christ
    in the play of resurrection and crucifixion; '''' this beautiful stanza sums up the theme of the poem so beautifully, , i will not add any more words to my opinion on this lovely poem, , this is simple at face value, but so highly philosophical when read between the lines, a poet and critic of shahzia's caliber can compose such a poem, , (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (8/12/2013 2:23:00 AM)

    A tuneful song composed on the strings of life ' the melodies of existence' like 'downpours on slaked' souls and drops on parched lips...sometimes I think if our hearts were not blessed with the love of Nature how we would express our sober feelings of gloom and happiness. (Report) Reply

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