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  • 6/2/2011

Dreams Lost In Water(Nuclear Catastrophe)


(Naseer Ahmed Nasir)

No distance ever separates

Dreams and desires

No mirror ever dissolves

Reflection and water

In one's eye

What graph would you make

Of lines of thought?

The triangle of pain

Is without any angle

Countless races

Have dreams alike

But sleep and night-watch

Are never the same!

Names are forgotten

Codes alone come to mind

In nuclear setups

Dreams of radiant generations

Are smitten

By atomic explosions

Cities sink

Nuclei dissipate

Orbits dwindle

What remains

Are terra and sol

In the dance of death

God is a casualty.

A moment of brightness

In a light year

Breaking into smithereens

In a million eons

An accident - yes

But not an event

History is continuity

Broken once

Telescopic eyes, tired out, give up

Their distance watching

Lost planets

Bygone epoches

Have no interposition.

Who will look for


In spring-fresh hands

Of tiny tots?

Who will see


In eyes-yours and mine

In centuries to be?

No one is sure

Of things lost in water!

(1980, Translated from Urdu to English by Dr. Satyapal Anand and from English to Spanish by Dr. Teresinka Pereira)

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