“Winter Apparel for Olivia Twist”

 

Winter Apparel for Olivia Twist

Like the snug fit
Of a woollen sweater,
An embrace to
Melt the icy chills.
The cozy warmth
Of a pashmina shawl
Or a soft muffler
Placing its soft touch
On my otherwise
Exposed head.
The intimate hug
Of a pair of gloves
That is there with you
For every task.
And a pair of socks
That will match your step
On every path
Twisted or paved;
Indoors or
Braving the storms
Howling outside.
Or perhaps
A colourful quilt
Or a fuzzy blanket
To comfortably
Sweep you to
Dreaming of foreign lands.
With my empty bowl
Waiting in queue
For a serving of
Pasty Porridge
In Dickens’ orphanage…
I wonder
Where might I be able
To get a winter apparel …
Once I do outgrow
The orphanage.

 

Dr Hafsa Siddiqui

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“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!

‘Invitation’

Background:

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

The link to his blog and photo is

https://maddojazar.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/beautiful-pakistan-ata-abad-lake/#comments

 

‘Invitation’

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

—–Dr Hafsa Siddiqui

The One

 

“The One ”

Remember him(RA)
Who when laid
On burning stones
Lovingly invoked
“Ahadun, Ahadun”
(The Only One,
The Only One)…?

Remember him (SAW)
Who when asked
About The Lord
Recited the verses of
Surah Ikhlaas;
“Qul Hu WaAllahu Ahad.”

The perfect introduction
“…Of He who is the Eternal Refuge,
He who begets not,
Nor can be begotten,
And who has neither any equivalent.”

Remember him( AS)
Who when met with adversity
Called out to Rabb,
He who turned
The Fire to Coolness unearthed.

Remember him( AS)
Who called out to The One,
Within the dark acidic environs
Of vast belly of whale.
” There is No God,
Except You …
Verily I was of the transgressors.”
And with this prayer
He was pardoned
And ejected from digestive tract,
Laid to rest
On an barren land.
Where The Razzaq
Provided for his cure
Alleviating his throes.

Remember him and his wife ( AS)
Who both when dispelled from
The Heavens,
Were united by His Mercy
After years of solitude.

Remember him ( AS)
Who cried his eyes white,
For Yusuf (AS)
Who was cast out by
The jealous brothers’ might.
United again to His loving father and family,
He forgave the siblings
With the belief in His Just and Forgiving side.

Remember her (AS)
Who when left on the desert terrain,
Frantically searched
The Mounts
Of Safa and Marwa…
Her love and effort
The Loving One immortalized
For the believers
To re-enact
As a Shaa’ir Allah.

Remember The One
Who taught you to read?
Who lets you eat
And at night peacefully sleep.

Dr Hafsa Siddiqui