Love by Rizwan Akhtar


for Tammara Claire

What fell between an abrupt shower
and a sky’s attitude is your memory
flapped by a small presence of wind
under a tree I stopped renovating
your remembrance partly lost after a
too straight a silence ploughed over
days we spent in front of each other;
the well-being of lovers is not a subject
history ever broached, and like vapid
monographs our chapters of entwined
arms, mingled stares, of words on lips
are footnoted, inside the soft skin of
an evolving cleavage was a reference
I deposited with my trembling hands
but missed archiving the rest of body
now there is a long hiatus splitting over
the geography of your absence, therefore
I return to all rains, spells of nasty storms
and cracking windows, the manuscripts
we plugged with a language now lost.

©2019 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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