Sadiqullah Khan


Glacier Melts - Poem by Sadiqullah Khan

Mine is a repository, swallowing the night,
Dark brazen and like a dove’s wing
Flutter to loosen the thread of time
Glacier at Rama melts, the east ridge trek,
On the Nanga Parbat from the day’s
Un-dusted voluminous presence and roads
Up-leading broken and watered like fields.
The shiny eyes of the boy is to learn
Swimming in hopes, and the absence
Of colors from the feet of inhabitants of valley,
Of lately I knew they have little stories
Littered in boxes of wooden rooms,
Still empty for the hibernation of severity
But the goose tail like sun-rays depending,
And sadness written on every face,
Like sheepskins in whose bowels is skimmed,
Yak’s milk, and they had earth mashed
Upon their heads, without vegetative color,
And they said they do not make camel-wool
Caps, or catch ducks to tuck their feathers in.

-On a visit to Rama Lake, Astore.

Sadiqullah Khan
Gilgit
August 18,2015.

Topic(s) of this poem: love and art


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Photo: Rama Lake, Astore. August 14,2015.

Comments about Glacier Melts by Sadiqullah Khan

  • Jacqueline D Allen (9/6/2015 9:42:00 AM)


    ...Of lately I knew they have little stories, Littered in boxes of wooden rooms, Still empty for the hibernation of severity...But the goose tail like sunrays depending, And sadness written on every face... Oh, these and the totality of this poem, they and the images conveyed are painted with some feelings of the past, the present, and future. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (9/5/2015 12:10:00 PM)


    Wonderful portrayal of a difficult terrain and an equally hard life of native people but with a unique culture. I quote from the poem: Of lately I knew they have little stories / Littered in boxes of wooden rooms /....And sadness written on every face, (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (9/5/2015 11:47:00 AM)


    A wonderfully written poem, Sadiqullah (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 5, 2015



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