Naseer Ahmed Nasir

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Spectrogram Of A Pictorial Poem (Translation By Prof. Ghulam Jilani Asghar

The walls have come out of doors
Narrows are the passages, many are the footprints
On the steep rock where the sun lies half reclined
Jumping over one's shadow, falling headlong
Is the ultimate truth, nothing new about it
Dreaming some old dream
Eyes know not how much water has come out
Of their oceanic depths.
It is easy to cross a river
but how difficult it is to find a foothold on its banks.
Passing through the vicinity of human settlements
the pathways of history meander through
Fields, meadows, and vineyards and disappear
in the rise and fall of women.
Before the new crops come in
Weather keeps on changing.
Profound thoughts are for the Elect
and death for all!
Failure to compose a poem
is not the tragedy of the poet
when life is face to face with perpetual death
Death is reduced to a worn out cliché
Watering of the bygone days
yields nothing but heartrending toil.
Before we are discovered in our state of loneliness
from some star beyond our ken
Come! Let's scramble through the portals of the
Decaying buildings manned by enslaved
Souls, whose bodies are wrapped in dust
and bones have turned brittle
And just a gesture from the hand
Will bring them down to their feet.
The birds of clouds
and fluffs of rains
are not far away from the reach of the weather satellite.


Poem by: Naseer Ahmed Nasir,1994.
Translated from Urdu into English by Prof. Ghulam Gilani Asghar.
Copyrights (C) All rights reserved.

Topic(s) of this poem: history, loneliness, philosophy, poetry, weather

Poem Submitted: Monday, October 26, 2009
Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Comments about Spectrogram Of A Pictorial Poem (Translation By Prof. Ghulam Jilani Asghar by Naseer Ahmed Nasir

  • Obed Souza (8/6/2012 8:35:00 PM)

    It´s been a long time... I´ve missed your poems! And then, I´ve hit this beautiful one.
    For the existencialist death makes life senseless, for the believer death grants us the opportunity to face eternity...
    As always, Good in-depth poems...
    obed R. Souza

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  • Dr. Sonal Chhaya (1/11/2010 9:01:00 AM)

    Death is reduced to a worn out cliché
    ...very well penned.Thanks for sharing..

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  • Christopher Murphy (12/3/2009 6:58:00 AM)

    Well written....some really good lines... a nice length but not too long.

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  • Paolo Giuseppe MazzarelloPaolo Giuseppe Mazzarello (11/30/2009 10:45:00 AM)

    I believe spectre was a limited company that wanted to waste all the world in a movie with 007, could we do its spectrogram? Mr. Nasir seems to have done it, good.

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  • young writer Athira (11/26/2009 10:10:00 PM)

    ''failure to compose a poem
    is not a tragedy of the poet''................

    great words..........thanks for inviting me to read it......10/10

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  • Michelle Barrington (11/26/2009 1:50:00 AM)

    a very good poem, thanks for showing it to me.

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  • Beka ? ? ? (11/25/2009 10:36:00 PM)

    good right..good flow
    nicely done

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  • Claude H Oliver Ii (11/25/2009 8:54:00 PM)

    'Death is reduced to a worn out cliche'- a concise understanding of perpetual death. Thought provoking metaphors - good write.

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  • Sonya Florentino (11/25/2009 7:10:00 PM)

    quite dark...deep and mind provoking.....

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  • Sarah Franks (11/25/2009 3:58:00 PM)

    I vote for this wonderful peice, its amazing and lovely

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  • Sylvi Sylva (11/25/2009 2:02:00 PM)

    good flow - reasons well, well done! i vote for it!

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  • Mark Gould (11/25/2009 12:54:00 AM)

    Vivid imagery, beautiful feel, wonderful flow. One word, Amazing. Good Job Naseer, a beautiful work of art.10/10

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  • Winnie Angel (11/24/2009 6:41:00 PM)

    a niece piece! Winnie

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  • Ronell Warren AlmanRonell Warren Alman (11/24/2009 1:14:00 PM)

    Lovely poem Naseer! I love the way how this poem flows!

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  • Nivrutti Avhad (11/23/2009 8:12:00 AM)

    such a beautiful poem can only come from your pen

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  • alice sunderland (11/23/2009 5:45:00 AM)

    very good naseer! thats 112!

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  • Nicki Faith (11/21/2009 2:48:00 PM)

    this is a beautiful poem i really like it

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  • Rm. Shanmugam ChettiarRm. Shanmugam Chettiar (11/21/2009 9:20:00 AM)

    i read it and find it good. shan

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  • Nouri Black (11/21/2009 9:15:00 AM)

    wooooow its reallly deep, i love it alots of strong word its reallly amazing

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  • Pradnya P (11/21/2009 9:11:00 AM)

    Hello Nasir,

    you write so truth in poetic form
    could feel through your words
    its awesome and beautifully scripted
    its really good
    thank you for sharing your poem

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