Naseer Ahmed Nasir

Freshman - 774 Points (April 01,1954 / Pakistan)

No Life Span For Love And Dreams - Poem by Naseer Ahmed Nasir

We're aware
We're aware that between us there's
A haze of ignorance
Our steps but tread the path of our search
But can't see their goal
Much more exquisite and radiant
Than my poems is your inner self
And my eye-glasses are getting thicker every day
Do you know
Why poems and stories become wordless
Trying to poetise us?
They want to know our birth date
The place we were born
And our present age.
What do they know?
Dreams are neither born
Nor ever they die
No register enters their birth statistics

I just don't know
At what point of time did you learn to take your first steps
Holding the dream's little finger
I indeed am that dream
Which no one has never seen
I had died verily the same day
When my father had kicked my mother on her stomach
But I continued to grow inside my grave
Grew so much that
My mother could see me without bending
Once I dropped my camera and broke it
While taking some body's picture
Only then I came to know
Why dreams become utterly black in daylight
Why it's important to have
a dark liquid to expose them
I didn't know that light can be seen only in darkness

We're indeed not what we seem to be
There's some one else in our place
Wearing our costume
Flowing water has no shape
Shapes are but in our eyes
And to see a dream
One doesn't need sleep - but eyes
From protozoan to a human being
The sleep of bilions of evolutionary years
Is but an interval for opening his eyes
Love is the intervening space between life and death
And we use the yardstick of one life span to measure it
And go through a mesquerade of living
But love has no life span
It prevails from an unknown beginning
To an unknown end
At whatever point in time we find it
We fix our separate limits
And then define it with names and relationships
Greater indeed is melancholy than our knowledge and experience
Let it expand
How could one express in words
All that colours, flowers and butterflies convey
There's no other better medium of communication
Than silence to talk to birds, plants and nice people
How do we know - we might simply be
Going through the awakening process
From a dream greater than ourselves
And someone - with his universal eye might be watching us
Do not disturb the soul of God
While it is dreaming.

Poem by: Naseer Ahmed Nasir,1994.
Translated from the original Urdu into English by Satyapal Anand.
Copyrights (C) All rights reserved.

Topic(s) of this poem: divinity, dreams, lifespan, love, philosophy, sadness

Comments about No Life Span For Love And Dreams by Naseer Ahmed Nasir

  • Prem Katoch (12/4/2016 12:43:00 AM)

    No Life Span For Love And Dreams
    Multiple images delight. It is beautiful (Report) Reply

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  • Maria C. Pires Costa (8/7/2011 12:03:00 PM)

    This is a very insightful poem indeed.
    I've so much appreciated the way you remind us of the timeless existence of dreams.
    In the second part of your excellent work you seem to melt yourself in that dream... 'I indeed am that dream/ Which no one has never seen...'
    In the third part you believe someone else...'lives inside us. Surely you are valuing inner strength more than 'what we seem to be'. And this leads to the climax of this poem, in my view: the broader enlightening soul of God! Your request to readers is superb!

    Thanks a lot!
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  • (4/11/2010 1:37:00 PM)

    How could one express in words
    All that colours, flowers and butterflies convey
    There's no other better medium of communication
    Than silence to talk to birds, plants and nice people

    Simply divine..I loved the interconnected themes of your poem; the bridge between our lived experiences and our imginations, our dreams..and the ultimate like with the Divine Nature of God. thank you for this master piece Naseer Ahmad Naseer.
    Rehana Nazli
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  • Allemagne Roßmann (2/7/2010 11:53:00 PM)

    Dreams are neither born
    Nor ever they die
    No register enters their birth statistics

    Speechless and Spellbound i felt-----wonderful attempt Sir.
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  • (1/1/2010 8:07:00 PM)

    Naseer, a wonderful poem... I´m speechless... lucky for me that Mamta said it all for me... I will certainly reread this masterpiece! Thank you... (Report) Reply

  • (12/30/2009 12:19:00 AM)

    The last 3 lines are 3 of the most powerful lines I've ever read in poetry...10! (Report) Reply

  • (12/25/2009 7:57:00 AM)

    this poem, as I read and reread it again evokes so many varied emotions. its like a stream of consciosness, and as I join you in your journey of exploration of life, love and dreams, i find myseklf nodding, choking, uplifted.
    Naseer you are a truly a philosopher paint with words and strike the chords in my heart with your words and images.


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  • (12/24/2009 7:14:00 AM)

    A brilliant poem conveying a strong message. Thnx for sharing.. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2009 12:26:00 PM)

    this has such rich imagery, I have read it through several times, but I need to read it several more to grasp all of it. Thank you for sharing, Naseer. (Report) Reply

  • (9/3/2009 10:42:00 PM)

    from an unknown beginning to an unknown end...a life exploration...brilliantly done in this poem sir....thanks...10 (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2009 3:37:00 AM)

    do not disturb the soul of God
    while it is dreaming

    we dream with eyes open, as you earlier say, we don't need sleep to dream.

    your thoughts are brought alive with amazing imageruy, Naseer. the intensity of emotions, and the search for meaning of life and our place in this universe- well explored.

    Iam spellbound and captivated. everthing you write is unique and thought provoking.


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  • (8/25/2009 12:20:00 PM)

    wow naseer sir...a brilliant poem...I read it thrice and each time it came out better...some exquisite lines in there....awesome..10+ (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2009 4:15:00 PM)

    You may read from my page..might in sight seeing... if you can spare time (Report) Reply

  • (8/8/2009 4:12:00 PM)

    We know that our life span is too short, than we need to complete our perspects, as we have innovative ideas every day to expand our vision, and as result our place is replaced successfully, suppose you have to complete cancer treatment research it may take 200 years, this research may be be completed by life span of 20 scientists..there is another way for satisfactions, that we may keep our desires to a certain limits, accepting the realities.. (Report) Reply

  • (7/10/2009 10:31:00 PM)

    When I asked what I could read of ours, you guided to this poem and said to me 'it is long, but it is worth reading it.' Yes, it is long, and so very worth reading in so many ways. It is so true, Naseer as why should our birth date compartmentalize us? Your poem reaches us and flows like the dreams and love you write about and it goes beyond any space and time we know here on earth. There is amazing imagery throughout 'flowing water has no shape, shapes are but in our eyes and love has no life span.' This poem will stay with me for many days, and thank you for recommending it for me to read. 10 Karin Anderson (Report) Reply

  • Jester's P (7/4/2009 9:23:00 PM)

    Greetings of peace!

    'No Life Span For Love And Dreams' is a poem of many splendid manifestation of human limitation- potentiality; strength- weakness; emptiness- fullness and between the etc. and the soon and so forth.
    However, the poem defects the very core of our being...being human who needs someone higher than us- the reality of a God that would provide us the freedom to be bound inside the world of 'birth and death'. And that is what we mean live life or simple life itself- the journey's of 'man' through night and day, up and down till 'man' enters the door of death.
    Indeed you work is a tool to convey a message of love despite of hate, faith despite of doubt, hope despite of despair.
    Allow me to share with you my poem 'Cross-Roads'...just take your time reading it. The poem somehow an answer to your questions/ let me say a piece of the puzzle.
    Thank you.
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  • (7/3/2009 3:07:00 PM)

    'Didn't know that light can be seen only in darkness'
    'But love has no life span
    It prevails from an unknown beginning
    To an unknown end..'
    'Do not disturb the soul of God
    While it is dreaming'
    These lines I enjoyed particularly. It is so rare to see universal wisdom so impressively enlightened in poetic words.Unique as everything you write.Thanks for sharing and let light be on your way, Naseer.
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  • (6/2/2009 9:53:00 AM)

    This is a great write indeed Naseer...very thought provoking...and middle part is very moving and touching too

    'Than my poems is your inner self
    And my eye-glasses are getting thicker every day'

    And I wish your eyes will turn in to you can write poems with great depth and analyze them with a hawk's eye...nice one

    best wishes
    with love shashendra
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  • (6/1/2009 4:02:00 PM)

    'Be still and know that I am thy God! '
    Naseer, Subtly you hold our hand
    And lead us through the gradual elevation
    Of the spirit from dreams, to love, to God
    You lead us on to dream, to meditate
    And to search our souls, for an eternal life
    Of love and dreams fulfilled in God!
    Needs a lot of imbibing, assimilating & reuminating too!
    You have a gift, a quill from above, a heart
    Which feels and a soul that ponders much
    Before it sets to write down any poem!
    Blessed be your hand that weilds the pen!
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  • (5/29/2009 12:06:00 PM)

    highly thought provoking poem, it goes to my fav list for I need to ponder and assimilate the mystic depths of your utterings.'the title itself is mystical.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 30, 2008

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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