Poems

The Will to Live

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The place called Earth
Was once home to none.

We came–
Some say,
From microbes and mucks,
Others, by a divine purpose–
Created and destroyed
What we like and despise.

The cycle repeats
And we perish
Ere the will to live wearies
And hope disperses.
  
        ____Muhammad Shahab

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Poems

I am Lazarus!

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I am Lazarus!
  Come from the dead,
  To tell ’bout the dread;
      The land there is the same here,
      The souls there the bodies here,

Nothing different, but the tumid river.

To cross the river,
Is a shock and shiver
You, here , they, there
Are the same but a sigh asunder
          The living and the dead.
    
_____Muhammad Shahab

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To You From Deathbed

My darling!
Oh my life! my dream! my thought!
Hither, as you promised,
    Join my hands, life is sheer delusion;
Let us drink from Lethe together,
Be not afright, think not of coming back
    And be my alter ego
                         To eternity.

                            ____Muhammad Shahab

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