A Change Of Scene Is But A Moment's Respite Poem by Naseer Ahmed Nasir

A Change Of Scene Is But A Moment's Respite

Rating: 3.7

In the sunbathed expanse of the sky
Birds were on the wing
Now lost in the quaint net
Of limetless space
In sky-lakes, azure blue,
They can't be seen.
Clouds kiss the hillock's lips
Then dance in ecstasy
Move around from valley to valley
Suddenly slipping from steep precipices
A comely face like a silken handkerchief
Gets soaked somewhere
In the rain of tears.
My dreams take a plunge
From the open window
And land
In the hands of the kids playing
In the eyes of the balloon seller
In the heart of the Gypsy girl
Hawking her wares - earthen toys.
The wind blows them away in a moment.

A change of scene is but a moment's respite
To look long and longingly
With a deep gaze of adoration
Is a palpable loss.
Whole life spans are spent
In slow motion.

Poem by Naseer Ahmed Nasir,1980.
Translated from the original Urdu into English by Satyapal Anand.
Copyrights (C) All rights reserved.

Friday, October 31, 2008
Topic(s) of this poem: dreams,imagery
Sandra Fowler 01 November 2008

Very profound. Especially the last stanza. May you know many such moments. Warm regards, Sandra

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Anjali Sinha 06 November 2008

nice translation very picturesque regards anju

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Aijaz Asif 06 November 2008

very beautiful write indeed....

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Reshma Ramesh 21 November 2008

well thought and well penned! !

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Mamta Agarwal 24 November 2008

lovely poem, vivid imagery and concluding lines. these brief moments of respite take us out of ourselves, rejuvenate even if short lived.10

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Summer Heat 11 June 2009

oh my god...your poetry is so vivid...i can almost see everything in my head everything that you have written...beautiful...your imagery is so powerful...i have literally no words!

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Stephen Magill 19 May 2009

wow, i am now totally mortified that i ever commented on your other poem. i strive to one day be able to write a poem like this. perfect in EVERY aspect and you know me well enough to tell you if it wasnt. steve

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Sreelekha Premjit 14 February 2009

I loved reading this wonderful poem replete with beautiful images..Thanks.

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Raj Arumugam 06 January 2009

as mesmerizing as a gypsy's song...

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Ruerd Visser 30 December 2008

Wonderfull how your poem makes everything come to life. Keep writing on my friend, love to read your work. Heavenly greetings from home Boomfriend Ruerd

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