“Fields Painted on An Evening Sky”

“Fields Painted on An Evening Sky”

Fields of amber, gold and orange,
Painted on a canvas of sky blue,
Alight the fire with the embers
Of stirred emotions
Like the waking up of desire
Just before the dawn of the night.

—-Dr Hafsa Siddiqui


This poem is inspired by a photograph by a kind soul, Sir Shehryar Khawar. The link is given below:

Balochistan….the land of harsh romance!




This poem is inspired by a photo captured by Brother Umer Ilyas:

The link to his blog and photo is




Steel-blue placid waters
Inviting you
For a serene ride
In a rickety boat
Amidst the towering
Rocky mountains
The dusty partings
In the hairline of the earth.

—–Dr Hafsa Siddiqui



Its stench
Pervades the desi senses,
Gnawing at the decency
Of blue collar workers.
Fathers indebted,
Brothers inheriting
The financial strain
Like a mutant gene
That appears dominant
In the evolution
Of backbreaking burden.
Passed from one generation
To another
Multiplying its effect.
Yet, never receeding in its hidden state.
The ugly trait of dowry;
Prevails still
In the sick society.

Dr Hafsa Siddiqui