by Shahida Latif

O! The bitter memories disturb me not,
And rake not my injuries afresh,
For molten drops trickle no more,
Form the lusterless dry fountains.

O! The sweet memories you too fondle
No more with my pensive thoughts;
For smiles no longer enrich,
The furrowed fastidious lips,
And wrinkled cheeks emit no shine.

Went I through the decades of life,
Waiting for the turn of good times,
The descending generations might relish;
Waited I for the dreams to be realized,
Alas! They turned into the nightmares.

I see the leading characters of humanity,
Holding in their impatient itchy hands,
The balls of the fatal melting hellish fire,
And threatening from their black tongues,
That they would burn all roses with petals,
Transforming the world into furnace.

Standing on the brim of inferno I hear,
The spurting flames with merged cries;
Like an impressionless engrossed statue,
Being stunned I do neither weep nor smile;
Neither sweet songs please my sullen heart,
Nor pensive thoughts water my eyes.

Shahida Latif

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Hi! I am Shahida Latif from Pakistan, I am the author of many books of Urdu poetry and one novel Saath Ishq "Seven Love Legends". In my poetic career I made several tours abroad and participated in seminars and poetry reading sessions, during the international tours I was asked by the literary figures to write in English as well, so I wrote my first poetry book in English, titled "Drop The Weapons", consisting of 70 poems. The book will be soon brought out, before the month of August 2011. I have been appreciated a lot by the readers. I hate bloodshed in the world, when any one is killed in war or in any conflict my heart weeps, I through my poetry want to give the message to humanity to end war and it is the easiest to do so, just drop the weapons, enlarge your zones of acceptance, consider all men and women are children of the same parents; we can make the world more and more beautiful with love and patience and by preferring others interests to ours. It is the only way to maintain peace in the world, open your eyes and minds lest it should be too late. Love and peace for all.Shahida Latif

Last updated June 26, 2011