Usman Hanif

Rookie - 10 Points (15-06-1988 / Rawalpindi)

Doesn'T Remind Me - Poem by Usman Hanif

a skeleton dangling from a tree
a sword buried in the earth
an arrow jutting out of the skull
doesn't remind me of the death
but direct me to the eternity
cities sleeping under the graves
numerous born under the shades
and here, a warrior blank to cruelty
leaves sprouting out of the tree
no flesh growing on the rotting skull
a day would come when you see
dead and alive drifting away free

a corpse floating in the sea
a scarecrow on the mercy of the wind
a dark cave from where the bats flee
doesn't remind me of the death
but of the brain that makes the head
of the drifting spirit that makes the flesh
of the light originating from the shadows
and an arrow across the unshielded chest
bells chiming in the west, birds flying above
here comes the roar, the warrior falls
the leaf of peace falls from the dove
and the chiming dies, the death crawls
the warrior dying, the clouds crying
the blood flowing, the winds blowing
the book of 'eternal' life has been read

all that
doesn't remind me of the death....

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 21, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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