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#Poetry ‘Pain’ by Fiza Pathan

May 24, 2013


By Fiza Pathan

I know Pain very well as, I live with pain

Ever since I can seem to remember

She who was named Pain is my twin sister

Whom I have nursed all these years

With tenderness and deep compassion.

We read the same books and debate

On issues which have a rhetorical tune.

But she being the younger is not

As strong as I am, but I can act as

Legion of hope against her perpetual twilight.

She eats very little and tastes no water so must

I inject into her what she may not take orally.

When I puncture her delicate grey vein

I press my lips tight, as if the sting

Did scrape my heart into two.

She suffers from fever this young Pain who is my sibling

So I comb her long matted hair to avoid the painful knots.

She only feeds when I am around and frets

For my safety even when she knows I’ll never go far.

I take Pain for many short trips

Over the hills and towards ancient chapels.

But whatever I may do and whatever I am try,

Pain does not let go of her anguishing cry

Towards the fashioner of her calamity.

I put my dear Pain to bed and lie beside her,

She is comforted by the warmth of my presence

While the devils of her nightmares

Haunt her with lusty claws.

I read to her as she resides in her opium dream,

I am aware she hallucinates about the

Man she loves even in her drugged state.

My family says she is but a melancholic burden

Who must be cast away from the ancestral home.

But as true as my affection permits me a teardrop to shed,

How can I abandon a childhood companion

Who was with me even before the beginning?

Admit I must that she loves a man to insanity

Whom she does not really know and has not met.

This says the herbal healer is all plain childish infatuation,

No one can love deeply a person never seen nor known truly.

To him therefore I turn with red swollen eyes and ask plainly,

Have thou seen God or has both thee met face to face?

If not then why do you renounce your family in his name?

Why is your love for this invisible God too not

A plain childish infatuation-for no one has seen the unnamable

Nor drank green tea in his presence.

Hush my little Pain tomorrow is but another day,

Where we will be awakened

By the laughter of innocent children

Who will climb upon our woes.

They will remind us what we have not failed to do,

Let’s go ahead and fulfill our duty

You Pain and me.

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  1. veracious ! rightfully expressed .. pain is the twin sibling we rarely part with !! πŸ™‚
    I am getting addicted to reading your poems .. !! Your style of writing is unique and while it took me twice to get inside but now that I am in .. I feel your verse .
    πŸ™‚ Its a pleasure reading you as I say ! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for your constant support & uplifting comments. You are getting addicted to my poetry & I am getting addicted to your cartoons. Now, what is ‘Your Say’ on the matter of ‘my say’ :D:D;)

  2. aamjunta permalink

    Very well said… Enjoyed reading

  3. sakshinanda permalink

    Lovely blog. Passing on an award, albeit juvenile in comparison to your skill and depth. Please collect it here Happy blogging!

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