Lullaby to Hairs by Rizwan Akhtar

On my outstretched hands
kept a few shards of your
hairs waiting for a phrase
a silent prod by language.
I mistook them for blond
an uncombed black mass
laying innocently alone on
the shoulder’s protrusion
smarting from a loose wave
puffed, stitched, mid-head
partition, the casual braids
like hurriedly jotted sentences
messed up wanting a clearer
passage and a capable curl
when I leaned to smell, a
slick dust spotted edges
eyes clapped allusions, there
was a word you held out
letting me cheek their quilled
curtain on your flaccid neck
the fluff and thatched strokes
a country tufting, fringing
fenced by a vast growth.

©2018 Rizwan Akhtar


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Rizwan Akhtar’s debut collection of Poems Lahore, I Am Coming (2017)
is published by Punjab University Press.  He works as an Assistant 
Professor in the Department of English, Punjab University, Lahore, 
Pakistan. He completed his PhD in postcolonial literature from the 
University of Essex, UK in 2013. He has published poems in 
well-established poetry magazines of the UK, US, India, Canada, and New 
Zealand. He was a part of the workshop on poetry with Derek Walcott at 
the University of Essex in 2010.

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