"Looking" - photograph by Carl Scharwath, from his photography chapbook HIRAETH


Some years ago
When bones and shackles were one
And life drained down to clogged canals
The detritus of could have beens
And should have beens
Float away down stream
Stuck now in the crucifix of routines
And fatality of passing time
Debt owed and renewed
Yet still, every supplication
Is invested in our chance meeting
Perhaps we can live again in that brief moment
And die too

Rizwan Saleem is a Banker based in Dubai UAE. The thoughts and expressions detailed in his works are of his various escapades suffered through life, and of the profound surprise of having survived long enough to pen them into words. His poems and prose have appeared in anthologies ‘Twenty Seven Signs’ by Lady Chaos Press, ‘Self Portrait Poetry Collection’ by Silver Birch Press, E fiction India, Scarlet Leaf Publishing as well as Colors of Refuge.

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