The Building by Rizwan Akhtar


The Building

ponderous shadows fall
on a cracked floor

evening a gradual pile
of scampering feet

an embryonic darkness
climbs around creepers

pages take solo flights
breaking silence

wordless the rooms
carry colonies of echoes

a sparrow leaves the nest
edits straws with her beak

its heart thumps beneath
furry layers of feathers

what startles is a patch of blood
wiped surreally in a corner

the building is a reference
locked doors footnotes

rusty pivots groan calling
an end to this manuscript.

©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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