This poem called Marriage A’la Mode by Sajjad Shaikh taken from the anthology ‘Pakistani Literature’ proves the notion of ‘slow and steady …’ wrong. I like this stark, sarcastic and somehow melancholic poem. Hope you too will like it.
“Did you meet Sulemanji?
Tha man in the double breast-nay-blue suit?
Yes, the only one who gave me a 4-door-chocolate-?
Brown Toyota Corona
as my birth day present.”
“You mean —that lusty old idiot
Who was sitting next to you?
And was devouring you with his leery looks?
“But he talked so fascinatingly.”
“Well, I didn’t like that at all.
Looked like a wild goat!
“Honey! Don’t be jealous.”
“Jealous? My foot!
Damn that bloody skunk!”
“Say what you please,
But he is a practical sort of man.
You are nothing but a pale,frail,gloomy,
Yes, that’s what you are!
I like some of your poems.
Every body says they are nice.
But Sulemanji is a business magnate
Last night he proposed to me,
after the party, you know.
And I am marrying him.
We are going to Switzerland.
Of course, for our honeymoon.
He has planned everything so meticulously.
So good luck to you,
and sweet dreams.”
“Farewell, fair cruelty–
That is—God damn you both!”
Moral: “Slow and steady doesn’t win the race.”