Rookie (1950 / Lahore, Pakistan)

The Chink Of Light - Poem by NAYYAR SHABBIR AHMAD

You worry
She’s gone home to think
She’s asked for space
and, a chance to breathe
But, its been five weeks

Don’t panic
My friend
Let her have as long as it takes
At least she meets and greets you
when you go round to visit the kids
That means, the door isn’t completely shut

Its far easier to shut a door
than to keep it open
It’s clear
She’s kept the door
of communication with you,
So, take heart

I’m serious!

Now, just don’t go and loose it
Don’t behave like the clodhopper you sometimes are

When you encounter her
Don’t go on and on like a broken record
Demanding she return home - or anything like that
That’s the sure way to turn her off

Just, step back
Take it easy
Try to play your cards right
Give her the space and time she needs
And, above all, let her breathe

Don’t crowd her
It may take years
But, have patience
and, inshalla, one day - maybe, not right away
but, one day
you’ll win

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, February 14, 2010

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