Samah Khan Poems
The Fear Of Fear
Fear is not what I am afraid of.
True, it is a frightful thing to fear;
But the fear of fearing fear is overwhelming
Especially when its form becomes sheer
Fear is like losing a tree of shade on a bristling day
Or losing your breath when you fall below the sea;
I fear this fear of fearing these fears
And it is this fear that is part and parcel of me.
Fear is like loving without being loved back,
Fear is like leaving without being left;
And the fear of loving and leaving and being loved and being left
Is opposed by the fear of not fearing anything ...
Infertility Of Life
The barrenness of life strangles me with its force,
Its ineptitude to gratify my appetite speaks of the misfortunes I’ve had;
Life has neither offered be friendship nor enmity
But has borne wilted flowers, and fruit gone bad
Life treats me as if I were abducted,
A kidnapped soul to be deprived food of the flesh and food of the mind,
There are roads and valleys and crosses and bridges
But I can seek only solace, but rarely solace I find