—for Tammara Claire
The darkness puts an embargo on rooms
minuscule apertures in windows survive
suffocated by furniture and stained blinds
electricity is unable to make appearance
doors long unredeemed stay in faith
murkily waving you leave behind a dot
just then wings flap inside the outhouse
a lone sentence sits on the page where
an imperishable silence meets both ends
at the exit letters lay like carcasses
abandoned they wait for hands to arrive.
RIZWAN AKHTAR’s debut collection of Poems Lahore, I Am Coming (2017) is published by Punjab University Press. He works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan. He has published poems in well-established poetry magazines of the UK, US, India, Canada, and New Zealand. He was a part of the workshop on poetry with Derek Walcott at the University of Essex in 2010.