The hardest worked waters wore out

The rivers lost in time

Perhaps it is a way to maintain happiness without people

To fly freely from


This close-staying comprehension

Over my shoulder

Is like the mother of that trellised place that hurt you


Panther-prowl-me now oneiromancing our what have you

This senescence, this suture, this source of the sauce

And you will no longer have those grizzly bear nightmares

Nor dream of those skeletal gargoyles bleating





Rehan Qayoom is a poet of English and Urdu, editor, translator and archivist, educated at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has featured in numerous literary publications and performed his work internationally.  He is the author of About Time and other books.

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