Amidst The Maddening Crowd Poem by Saima Sharif

Amidst The Maddening Crowd

Rating: 5.0

It's a midwinter night. There's no snow.
But the snow-like silence falls upon the neighbourhood,
Except for the trudging of some possums with a few breaks.

The moon light floods the floor through the bay window.
I walk to the balcony,
A misty breeze moistens my face.
I look up at the crescent
That stares at me with a silvery smile
Mingled with a pain of solitude.

I look down the balcony…
The flowerbed of red and white blossoms
Welcomes me with an enchanting fragrance.

An ambulance a few metres away speeds by
Followed by a police car.
A cardiac arrest, or a respiratory attack…
An alarm for an emergency, or for a disaster,
Is there an alarm for good news?
Is there a ‘breaking news' for good news?
A lizard ticks like the arm of a clock.

There's only one letter in the box
Just a flyer.
I try to reach the back of it a few times
Guessing to miss any more in the darkness of the evening.
I give a faint smile…
I could just make the mailbox smaller;
I will paint it like a garden gnome.

The message bank of the landline beeps,
I press play, just a telemarketing call.
No need to use the voicemail option.
I sigh deeply to myself.

There's a long queue at the bus stop
I sit by the window as usual.
At the next stop, it gets tightly packed
Still it's quiet except for the flipping of turning pages.
There's a crowd all around,
But everyone's aloof among the maddening crowd.
Everyone has only one companion…
Either a book or an e-device.

The bus enters the tunnel,
It's pretty dark,
I close down ‘And The Mountains Echoed'
And rest my tired lids.
It's dark inside the tunnel
Under the city flooded with lights,
And it's a quiet, solitary journey among the mob,
Amidst the maddening crowd.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: communication,loneliness
Parray Shahid 20 March 2017

Nice imagery! More power to your pen.

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Saima Sharif 20 March 2017

Thank you, Parray.

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Jazib Kamalvi 12 March 2017

A nice story with a fine poetic atmosphere. Thanks.

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Saima Sharif 19 March 2017

Thanks for your wonderful appreciation, Jazib.

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Chinedu Dike 01 February 2017

Beautiful narrative piece of poetry, well articulated and elegantly penned in good diction with insight. A lovely poem indeed. Thanks for sharing Saima and welcome to Poemhunter.

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Saima Sharif 01 February 2017

The massive development in Communication has changed our life so much that sometimes we feel lonely even being among the crowd. A balance is welcoming.

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