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Dr Riaz Ahmad Raja
For decades I’ve mused and discovered life a dream,
Simmering water all thru and piteously end in steam,
The vapours then dissolved in the enormity of space,
An earthy life is evolved and lent the heavenly grace.
Why so? Within a mortal an immortal’s imprisoned,
Who reigns? Who’s ruled? Since long I’ve reasoned,
I’ve witnessed a hundred wonders on earth and in air,
Solar blasts, celestial mystery but none wilt compare
With the subtle relation and the paradoxical dance,
Betwixt heart and reason, the vision against glance,
Ambitious mind and covert guile argue and advise,
A tavern! Fools and sages! All true ah who belies?
Crazy passions and head, beating heart and anxiety,
There’s discord in union, sobriety lurks in inebriety,
Within ecstasy I beheld that unseen world supreme,
Dense haze and my stumbles, but I hadst to redeem
My disenthralled glory wrapped in the earthy raiment,
A dreary path ’twas; aye my passions were vehement!
Beyond the ravages of time I had discerned a treasure,
Plunder and my ardour alas meagre was my measure!
The world crumbles and upon eternity I set me gaze,
And thronged the veiled porches with reigning craze,
There were memories; there were melodies and souls,
Some alien shadows and eyes ran aghast over scrolls!
Who’s smitten? And who’s prized? O Lord, reveal;
The immortal is disengaged; inebriated down I reel,
Enchanting tunes of love and dancing with shadows,
I chanced upon an alluring rose yon in the meadows.
I hundred crowns I’ll resign, a beauty it stood there,
Spellbound I watched mystery pervade ethereal air!
The vibes of a ravishing harp had torn me asunder!
On its wings I traversed the impassable; no wonder!
My soul that I poured in my prayers had ascended,
Rose on a pompous stalk and with beauty blended!
An answer’s made; Dear Lord’s gracious and kind,
The crux melted and with mystery I was entwined
By Riaz Ahmad Raja Dr. June 17, 2005
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