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POETS' CORNER

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By US Desk
Fri, 05, 20

When instant pleasure won the prize, Trust got traumatised in dens of today's wise...

A 21st century romance

By Sa'ad Nazeer

There's so much romance

In standing up for something right,

When the entire city is in shut-eye

And loses the sympathetic ear

When truth becomes a lie

Lie a truth

Where intellect turns into a rare commodity

And integrity is compromised

Over what is popular

When hating someone becomes so easy

And loving so damn hard

Where expressing love

On a Certain Day gets labeled as crime

Where cigarettes hurt woman's character

And man's lungs only

When people say something

And mean something else

When political correctness becomes good taste

Reality an indiscretion

Where sending a friend request

Turns into a sexual assault

When selfies reveal on social media

The charity you've thrown away

When private life is confused

With public life

And divorces are sent via twitter.

Amidst all of that non-sense,

Standing up for something right

Has so much romance in it!

Poems forever

Fire and ice

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

-Robert Frost

Wonder

By Mashaal Farid

When Greed misunderstood Happiness on a casino table, Regret wasn't in the gamble

When Lust sick pet Love under sheer white sheets, Remorse didn't join the meats

When Liveliness was telling lame jokes in a road side cafe, Mad was the only stay

When instant pleasure won the prize, Trust got traumatised in dens of today's wise

Merry yelled in dismay within the glass walls of penthouse

Euphoria and The Hollow Man tossing champagne in crystal bouse

Passion is helpless and the smug Sceptical proud on stage

Envy engaged the calm in rage

Empathy mourning over the death of Peace

Pain numb moving in wheels

Sympathy horrified on empty streets and foolish jolly on cranky treats

Shame suffocated and terror upbeat

On such a planet

What if kindness wasn't a rare breed?