Six Poems by Tahir Aslam Gora

Tahir Aslam Gora
Translated from Hindi: Sunil Sharma

Yearly
Lizards find shelter behind the 
calendar
After a year, calendar is removed from the
Wall
Replaced by another 
one
Lizards move back behind those 
calendars
One lizard goes down a year in a timeline
Other one slips in behind the 
calendar
No repulsion felt for the 
Lizards
For an entire 
Year.
***


I lost out again

I know the meaning of loss and 
winning
Both are futile states for 
me
Despite that I lost out
Who won finally?
Neither I nor anybody else
What is winning and what is loss?
Although I lost once again
On the chess board, in this mad world
How much time it takes to turn the loss into 
victory?
If not in a blink, 
the world needs time for 
changing it
I once again 
Won,
In this chess game
In this idiotic 
world.
***


The creases in the bed

How do things get lost in a small bed of
2X2 feet
Here, in this crease, found
things,
This is second fold of the 
bed
The first fold hides 
things, despite
You trying for their recovery for the 
million time,

The second fold 
disgorges
Things, despite you trying 
To
Forget them for a million 
time.
***


Tough question

Two legs, one trunk
Two arms, one head
I could not see more than that
In me,

I am sure, nobody else has got more than
That.
***


Forget the day

Whatever way the day got
Spent,
Try to come out of 
That

Did things in the day
You cannot even think 
But
The whole day was spent doing
Them

Have to come out of that 
Frame
In the night, hold on to some 
Ideal
Walk for a 
Goal,

Have to forget the day
And enter 
Another 
Day.
***


Let it be

This is finding a shape
Sew the thing on the 
paper
Maybe it turns into a 
Song!
Decorate the matter by 
Adding:
Stars, sequins and borders
Maybe, it becomes a 
fad
If not, let the old trend remain in
vogue
Might it turn into a latest 
Fashion,
It was going into another 
direction
It is becoming something 
new
Let it remain like 
That.

(From: Manzar Aakhon Main Tahere Rathe Hain by Tahir Aslam Gora. Translated in Hindi from Urdu by Tasneef Haider. Kautilya Books, New Delhi, 2023. ISBN: 978-93-90885-89-3)

Tahir Aslam Gora is a prominent writer, novelist, poet, journalist, editor, translator, publisher and TV Host with over 30 years of experience in journalism and the world of Literature. 
Author of five novels, three collections of short stories and three collections of poems in Urdu and Hindi languages. His three novels and a collection of poems have been translated and published in Hindi, Russian and Uzbek languages.

Recipient of Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal for his services to Multicultural Canadian Society.
Founder of Multicultural TAG TV Channel. His shows in Urdu-Hindi languages got over 100 million views.

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