couplets meant for the beloved

Some poems are written for the world,
But some couplets are meant for the beloved
Now it is not fair to expel all pain
Some pain is meant to be kept close to the heart
If you fill up your eyes, it will prick you like thorns
Some dreams are meant to be placed gently on your eyelids
when i see your hands, i feel like your hands,
Are only meant to light a candle at the alter
This futile etiquette revolving around the body,
when the body is meant to extinguish the fire within
This exchange of knowledge, these essays, these books
it is an excuse to forget the memories of the beloved.

-Jan Nisar Akhtar-


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