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#Poetry ‘The Glare Of The Leper’ by Fiza Pathan

May 2, 2014

The Glare Of The Leper

By Fiza Pathan




I ran into a leper outside the church right at the door.
His odour was repulsive, his body covered with puss boils.

I turned to get away, but he stopped me with his stare
─his eyes were blood red and full of tears.

He narrated to me the story of poverty in that one glance
─ the essence of the rich who throttle the throats of the poor.

I then ran as fast as I could away from the leper
but his gaze never left me even though
I put a huge distance between both of us.

Nervous have I been of late now, as I remember that look
which left me cold in the warmth of the morning sun.

I can’t concentrate on my writing, as on every blank page,
I see the face of the leper motioning me to come closer.

My pen is held by his gruesome blood stained hands
as I try to write my letters and correspondences.

Those bloody red eyes of his haunt me
─they reflect deep into my soul and see me
naked as a beast of the jungle.

Will no one pluck out his wise old eyeballs
and feed them to the vultures?

His look has left me empty
like a cup without its green tea.

My soul has grown weary and it flees
from my presence when I recall the look
… that glare which reads into the spirit
and the entrails of one’s body like a soothsayer.

My life has ended, now no longer will I
be able to show myself to the world.

I’ve grown insane and delusional
─all because of those blood red eyes
… those eyes full of tears
mixed with the grime on his body.

Lo and behold a judgement is upon those
who wrestle themselves away from
the glare of real pain
… the glare of true misery
… the glare of the leper.


Copyright © 2014 by Fiza Pathan

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One Comment
  1. Hats off Fiza, you create a picture in imagination which forces to feel the same pain, dilemma, repent, guilt …you feel while giving words to your thoughts. Wonderful.

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