Naseer Ahmed Nasir

Poem For A Poem

She asks me
What is a poem?

Her shapely nose,
Her lips like two slices of water melon,
Her eyes reflecting clear blue sky,
Her thick hair like dark grey clouds,
Her horizon-like forehead
Are poems.

Frolicking of children,
Gossiping old women,
Cheering buddies gathered to spend an evening together,
Waiting travellers with carry-on bags in hand,
Strolling couples in a park, picnickers,
Are all features of a poem.
Lively sunlight warming the sanitorium stairs,
A nude poster,
A gypsy girl,
Are poems.

Ramble through a wonderland,
Laughter at an amusement park,
Still blue lake,
Scream of herons slipping on the rocks,
Thunder of a water fall,
Symphony of four seasons,
Song of pure rains,
Silent hunch of rainbow, arching over all,
Are poems.

Children of Bosnia
All are words of a poem.
Prior to gang rape
Women were preambles to poems,
Now they are complete poems.
Suppressed scream of a prisoner
In torture chamber
Is also a poem.
The blood ablaze
In the snow clad valley of Kashmir
Is fast becoming a poem.
Death of the starving in Somalia is a poem.
Coffin of the peace keeping soldier
Is a real-life poem.

She asks me, what is a poem?
Shall I tell her
That her poem inscribing fingers are too a poem
And her handwriting,
Her handsome portrait,
Her brown sandal
Even destiny under her feet
Are a poem.

She knows!
She is a poem to me clad in mauve.
Still she asks me
What is a poem?


(1992, Translated from Urdu by Samina Amjad, Translation reviewed by Lillian Thomas)

Topic(s) of this poem: children, kashmir, love and art, peace, poem

Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 2, 2009
Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Comments about Poem For A Poem by Naseer Ahmed Nasir

  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (9/13/2018 10:36:00 AM)

    And this is a poem indeed, Nicely written....

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  • Lillian Thomas (11/20/2016 3:32:00 AM)

    This is still my favorite of all your poems. I hope you are well and still writing, if not on poemhunter, then somewhere. I do not post on poemhunter anymore, but visit occasionally., check yours.

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (8/7/2016 10:43:00 AM)

    naseer, i relate to this poem- especially the first stanza. many times i have walked a gallery and noted the beauty of the women and children present surpassed the art displayed. thank you for sharing it. and thanks also to samina and lillian for their help. it is wise of you to enlist it- even as my first and only fluent language, english is a challenge to mastery. a fellow poet, glen kappy

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  • Marvin Brato (10/7/2013 4:14:00 AM)

    Anything that enthuse sentimental thoughts and emotions expressed in meaningful phrases are poems, they are innate and instinctive. Well-penned!

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  • Ramesh RaiRamesh Rai (9/8/2013 2:28:00 AM)

    beautiful sketches that evolve poetry. nice imagination. about write i hv nothing to say bcoz you are self a man of letter but the imagination are rare a gift of god.i cordially invite you to read my poems n comment. regards always.

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  • Riekairu Calo (8/12/2010 8:43:00 AM)

    I have nothing to say but it's beautiful.....very beautiful poem

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  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (4/6/2010 2:54:00 PM)

    A facsimile or mirror image of What a Poem is?
    Brilliant write…thanks…
    10++
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK

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  • Rafique Farooqi (2/16/2010 11:44:00 AM)

    i agree with you the canvas of poetry is vast.....we need to focus our art on world problems in our forums to illuminate awareness......and you write very well for this purpose

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  • Rudolf Horne (1/1/2010 3:33:00 PM)

    Love it. Not just one poem but two score.

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  • Tyrone Allen (1/1/2010 9:02:00 AM)

    cool poem so interesting love it

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  • Sulaiman Mohd YusofSulaiman Mohd Yusof (12/31/2009 5:02:00 AM)

    Hi Naseer, your mind is a beautiful poem, indeed.

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  • Nalini Hebbar (11/30/2009 11:04:00 PM)

    love this...but would love to hear the original rendered in Urdu...that would be paradise on Earth!

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  • Kranthi Pothineni (11/8/2009 12:17:00 PM)

    wow wow wow! ! ! what a beautiful and mesmerizing piece. Completely fallen in love with. The ending was really awesome.It became part of short favorite poems list. Many 10s or this write.

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  • Leeona (XOXOs) Sugakixs (9/23/2009 10:13:00 PM)

    i was in awww! that was just beautiful.
    Our world
    our space and time
    are reflections of our poems
    Our lives
    Lee
    it was a super 10+++++++++++++

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  • Shakir Gumnam (9/8/2009 9:04:00 AM)

    Very good poem, you tell good things!

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  • Raj Nandy (8/4/2009 9:57:00 PM)

    You are right! There lies poetry in mundane things of life! It is for the Poet with his magic of words - to raise it to great heights!
    You may like my poem on page no.2, titled -'Harlem Night'!
    10! - Raj Nandy.

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  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (8/4/2009 9:31:00 PM)

    lovely sir...there is a poem everywhere for a poet and you have beautifully told that...10

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  • Sathyanarayana M V SSathyanarayana M V S (8/4/2009 4:47:00 AM)

    Nasir Saahab, A great poet you are! ! ! What else can I say?

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  • Aijaz Asif (7/31/2009 1:47:00 AM)

    kya likhoon
    kya na likhoon mein, asif
    iss Kudrat ke karismay ko
    jo kalam ki sehayee bun gayee.....

    another marvelous composition from you sir, thanks many 10'ssssssss

    rgds
    asif

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  • Inday PrisingInday Prising (7/30/2009 8:37:00 AM)

    very great poem..i enjoyed reading it..,

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