saadat tahir

Gold Star - 5,476 Points (21011965 / Islamabad-Pakistan)

Horn’s Strife … 2505-2k13 - Poem by saadat tahir

No idle sage in wakeful dreams
Or medicine man in tribal lands
hath pinned his words to uncaring ears
of deranged misfits or merry men bands

no wisdom sparkles
from buffed and burnished stone
nor sky be lit, or in
all engulfing nights shown

they naively seek heaven, in
matted hair around oozed glue
finger, wads’ ecstatic buzz, as
dominoes fall white black and blue

with machetes hack, maim
left writhing, bake in pools red
condors’ waste plaster white
where they grazed, dropped dead

once ranged over pearly earth
now in pockets far and few
Viet and Asian men may gloat
fancy nails, that the world just threw

Callous mix of black and white
spells pain and death of horn’s strife
no booming resolutions shall ever stay
plunged in Africa’s heart the knife

21st May,2k13

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Horn the fast vanishing Rhinos & also Horn of Africa
Viet and Asian men they use potions of Rhino horn as an aphrodisiac and countless other ailments, as a wonder drug
Burnished stone Polished ornaments made from rhino horn
matted hair composition of Rhino horn
Callous mix of black and white Geopolitics, local and international machinations that ultimately resulted in this scourge-a moot point
wads’ ecstatic buzz Rhino horn, gram for gram sells dearer than gold now
booming resolutions UN and WWF resolutions on the subject

Comments about Horn’s Strife … 2505-2k13 by saadat tahir

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (6/6/2013 8:45:00 AM)

    A great poem stating the sense of urgency to conserve our friends in the wild. Let us not reach the point when we say 'once there was a rhino'. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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  • Yasmin Khan (5/29/2013 9:07:00 AM)

    You have raised a conscientious voice against illegal poaching of rhino's horns. I feel after reading how crazy and callous man is that following misinformation about it's properties they are killing innocent animals.
    10/10 for this should be read on some international forum.
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  • Unwritten Soul (5/27/2013 8:40:00 AM)

    I would vote you as WWF ambassador for this, at least as a poet member to that would be nice if they can bring you make many documentary together....! your dream world! ! ! _Soul (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 25, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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