Noshi Gilani

(14 March 1964 / Bahawalpur, Punjab / Pakistan)

This Prisoner Breathes

I am trapped in a jungle of voices
In which I cannot spread my wings
Even so, you insist that I take flight
You will not set me free
And are so offended by my point of view
That you stitch my eyelashes closed
You insist that I must explain the weather
Terrorise my feet with echoes of chains
You say that my desire to be free

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