Agha Shahid Ali

(4 February 1949 – 8 December 2001 / New Delhi / India)

Agha Shahid Ali Poems

1. A History Of Paisley: 6/16/2012
2. A Pastoral 7/7/2017
3. Even The Rain 1/20/2003
4. Ghazal 6/16/2012
5. I See Chile In My Rearview Mirror 1/20/2003
6. K. L. Saigal 6/16/2012
7. Land 6/16/2012
8. Learning Urdu 6/16/2012
9. Lenox Hill 7/7/2017
10. Of Light 6/16/2012
11. Prayer Rug 6/16/2012
12. Shaving 6/16/2012
13. Snow on the Desert 7/7/2017
14. Snowmen 6/16/2012
15. Stationery 6/16/2012
16. Storm 6/16/2012
17. Taxidermist 6/16/2012
18. The Wolf's Postcript To 'Little Red Riding Hood' 1/20/2003
19. Tonight 6/16/2012
20. Vacating an Apartment 7/7/2017

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The Wolf's Postcript To 'Little Red Riding Hood'

First, grant me my sense of history:
I did it for posterity,
for kindergarten teachers
and a clear moral:
Little girls shouldn't wander off
in search of strange flowers,
and they mustn't speak to strangers.

And then grant me my generous sense of plot:
Couldn't I have gobbled her up
right there in the jungle?
Why did I ask her where her grandma lived?
As if I, a forest-dweller,
didn't know of the cottage
under the three oak trees
and the old woman lived there
all alone?
As if I couldn't have swallowed her years before?

And you may call ...

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Tonight

Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell tonight?
Whom else from rapture’s road will you expel tonight?

Those “Fabrics of Cashmere—” “to make Me beautiful—”
“Trinket”—to gem—“Me to adorn—How tell”—tonight?

I beg for haven: Prisons, let open your gates—
A refugee from Belief seeks a cell tonight.

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