Parveen Shakir

(24 November 1952 - 26 December 1994 / Karachi / Pakistan)

It Has Been Written

". . . then Zaid cursed Bakar, ‘Your mother
is more well known than your father!' "

My son,
this curse is your fate too.
In a fathers' world you too, one day,
must pay a heavy price
for being known by your mother,
though your eyes' color, your brow's expanse,

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