Naseer Ahmed Nasir

Windows

Windows open vistas for us
Windows - of hearts, of minds or of eyes
Windows - which might open outward
Or inward
They bring the light on the other end to this end.

Windows converse
They open the alphabetical locks of our lips
When night weaves nets of darkness on windows
Life-spans speak out in whispers from abysses of pain
Windows then perforce remain silent
Suffer days of tongue-tied laws
Nights of oppression
And epochs of tyranny

Windows are self same stories of dreams
Of centuries
Mute testimony of chasms
Court yards and ruined houses
Evidence of rusted eons rattling with exhaustion
in tyrant time's primordium continuity

Windows have the heart of a woman
They open their body's wings of each clime
With a little waft of wind
With fragrance, sunlight, rain or moon beams.
They blow away paper-light images
And waste away life in uncharted desires.

When butterflies fly in front of windows
Eyes glued to window panes become tearful
With noontide memories.
Evenings look forward to a wayfarer passing by
When they're covered with climbers
holding forth red and white flowers
They fill closed fists with the touch of fire-flies.

Windows often insist on being kept open
They're surprised to watch cloud, birds
And the blue sky's expanse
If they're kept shut
They're afraid of the life breath of
Walls and rooms getting strangulated.
They're afraid of dwellers forsaking their houses
They also feel life's desertion
They also feel despondent
Windows are human beings!

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

Poem Submitted: Friday, October 31, 2008
Poem Edited: Monday, November 5, 2012

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  • Art Paul SchlosserArt Paul Schlosser (10/30/2018 8:29:00 PM)

    Clever poem! I like the style your using here.

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  • Tanzila Rehmat (7/19/2018 7:03:00 AM)

    This is the masterpiece! Just beautiful.

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  • Tanzila Rehmat (7/19/2018 7:01:00 AM)

    What an excellent poem Nasir! Brilliant.

    When butterflies fly in front of windows
    Eyes glued to window panes become tearful
    With noontide memories.... you just plunged in the readers' hearts! I'm speechless!

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (10/3/2017 5:35:00 AM)

    A very beautiful poem..nicely penned. I quote..Windows converse
    They open the alphabetical locks of our lips
    When night weaves nets of darkness on windows
    Life-spans speak out in whispers from abysses of pain..the lines are absolutely fabulous. Congrats..! ! Thanks for sharing

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  • Rajendra RoutRajendra Rout (9/26/2017 10:35:00 AM)

    This word is very beautiful.i enjoy your poe

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/23/2017 2:09:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem having a comparison of window with human body. Captivating one. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Seema Chowdhury (9/17/2015 5:37:00 PM)

    Very well expressed and a reflective write. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jitesh ShahJitesh Shah (4/5/2015 11:06:00 AM)

    beautiful poem sir i like it and also read my poems sir

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  • Luo ZhihaiLuo Zhihai (1/4/2015 3:12:00 PM)

    I would like to translate your poems into Chinese. May I?

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  • Kelvin Karani (11/23/2013 12:58:00 AM)

    This is a wonderful poem.... I think I'll have to re-read it though to fully appreciate the message.

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  • Stephanie Fiddy (10/10/2010 12:25:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem! I believe our eyes are the windows to our soul! Great write 10^

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (9/13/2010 10:48:00 AM)

    Great examples and comparisons! !
    Windows and we are all windows..and we note and see all the wonders and terrible..sights.our hopes and dreams our failures and our passion......open windows. very well worded.

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  • Diana Newsome (8/20/2010 8:54:00 PM)

    I am awe struck by your imagery. I feel taken by these words for there is gravity in each one. They follow the other perfectly, a symphony of great proportions...thank you for sharing.

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  • Gimi Trione (5/29/2010 6:59:00 PM)

    It's an amazing poem that is completely honest

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  • Brittany Jones (5/10/2010 12:31:00 AM)

    amazing diction and imagery..pleasure to read

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  • cheyenne briggs (4/27/2010 10:28:00 AM)

    Very beautiful: D I like the how you worded it

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  • Sreekala Sukumaran (4/27/2010 8:21:00 AM)

    I liked this poem very much every one's life should be transparent like a window...

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  • Heather Marie Mortimer (4/20/2010 2:51:00 PM)

    Beautiful comparison! We are all windows, we cannot help but to see all the wonderful and terrible sights that flit through our small worlds. And though impassive as they are, each instance touches us through open windows. And everything is released through open windows... Our hopes, dreams, fears... Spectacular translation

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  • Emeka ChunyeEmeka Chunye (4/20/2010 10:04:00 AM)

    Wow. a smashing exeunt.

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  • Lydia Wijnerman (4/14/2010 6:56:00 AM)

    A nice one it remind us all to be like the open window and show transparency and honesty. Very good

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