I Cannot Write an Aubade For You by Rizwan Akhtar


I Cannot Write an Aubade For You

for Tammara Claire

I want to prolong the silence between meeting and parting
unable to find a window there is a small perch on the roof
a dusty sky hogs my sight trying to capture your languid
neck and lean stanazic arms rhymed by bangles, breath
you take makes my heart thud when all could be achieved
with a single embrace but either there is this contingency
of time or the way we orchestrate farewell for each other
shying or blushing seems to have buried under a city’s sun
blistering eyelashes even in the first hour of the day
while I wipe the sweat huffing through some of words
instead of a kiss your eyes close on a placid composition.

©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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