A War Within

Like the war-ravaged
world I reside in,
a battle-zone
lies in the cells of
my brain stretching to
the areas inside my chest,

where my role constantly
changes from a peace-maker
to an active soldier
to a mere spectator.

As if fueled by
an external beneficiary,
the trouble never settles.

Torn, whenever I try
to seek refuge
in a peaceful heart
I’m readily refused,
for strangers are
feared as trouble-makers.

Amid the failure
of all the counselling
options, I hope for a
divine intervention
to unite the warring
factions of body and soul
into a contented whole.

Homebound!

Eid-ul-fitr is just around the corner. The capital city of Pakistan is fast being deserted by people having connections to different parts of the country. I too am preparing to leave for my home; the allure of having an iftari or two at home is the primary reason for me to take an extra day off before the officially announced holidays.

I’d like to wish a very happy Eid Mubarak to all of you, in advance.

May you all bask in the blessings of a rewarding Eid!

May this Eid bring an end to the sufferings of our fellow Pakistanis through the war of terror! May this Eid be an omen of a smiling and peaceful Pakistan! Amen!