This is the first time…

Two poems of mine have been published by the international poetry digest, “A Hudson View” in its Spring 2008 collection.

I had submitted the poem that I composed on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto – the original was in Urdu but I trans-created it. Two lines are always on my mind:

And, We, your murderers, impotent accomplices,
Cast guilty shadows across this barren land

This poem was composed in Rawalpindi when I visited the place where Bhutto was murdered.

Also published is an earlier melancholy poem that was inspired by an Urdu version written after a visit to Lahore’s majestic Shalimar Gardens – a few lines, again:

The remains of the day
We bequeathed to Shalimar.
A child smiling
And the shades of jaman tree
All visions melted in a purple dream

I still have to see the digest as the air[snail]mail will take its time. But it was good to see my name in the table of contents – that I have conveniently cropped…


9 Responses to My poems have been published – finally

  1. Jasdeep says:

    Hearty congratulations to you !
    Cheers !

  2. Naveed Siraj says:

    Brilliant. Bhai do us a favor and share once you that snail mail reaches you; a documentary made recently at the late Benazir’s tomb [never imagined that i would use this word] had me in tears; she has assumed stature more mythical than ZAB; in life i could not stand her and now her passing away has become part of an indigenous pain that will last a lifetime

  3. Shaheen Sultan Dhanji says:

    Raza ji, bohat bohat mubarak ! You make us proud, as always!!!

    thank you for sharing..
    cheers,
    ssd

  4. Manpreet says:

    Wonderful, Many congratulations. Keep it up.

  5. ned says:

    Congratulations, Raza bhai!

  6. congratulations on the publishing of the poems!

    However, there seems to be some bug or something here.. when I see this post in the google reader, I see a LOT of URL’s directing me towards spam sites! Although they arent visible on the actual page here. Some bug in ur sitefeed?

  7. Carol Danner says:

    Hi there, I found you via Google searching for general herpes info and your site came up, thanks.

  8. naureen says:

    And the poems??

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