Muhammad Shanazar

Veteran Poet - 1,176 Points (25-11-1960 / Pakistan)

I Am Appalled - Poem by Muhammad Shanazar

The deer is unafraid of the forest,
The wild-cow is fearless of the meadows,
The stag is not scared of drinking water
Of the brook where hidden
Alligators are in the chase.
The soldier is unfrightened of the battlefield,
But he is afraid of the mosque, where
He is deployed at the time of Nimaz.
The sparrow is not disgusted of the tree,
In the branches of which clings a snake,
The eagle is un-petrified of the rocks
Where lightening thunders and strikes;
But I am appalled at my own city,
The child is afraid of going to school,
And buying toys,
The journalist is fearless on the front while reporting,
But fearful while going alone along the road,
And they have no dread interviewing the terrorists,
Hidden I the dark grottoes;
But afraid of the promenade in the park.
I am appalled at my own city, (I confess)
I am weaker than a baby-deer,
I am more timid than a sparrow.

Written by Asghar Nadeem Syed
Translated by Muhammad Shanazar

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 19, 2013

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