Among the Great



Clearest of crystals, each of them a pearl,
Like drops of dew on the lotus leaf in sunshine:
You came into my life, filled it with joys unique
And just as suddenly left me and went away.
Abandoned me to face the crises of life alone
Unaided by the wisecracks, the day’s mischief,
The unprintable titles you gave to adversaries!
I look for you in the stars, perhaps you are there
I ask you why, why did you make me
Feel so special and helped me rise above self pity
And indulge dreams when we were all a bunch
Of spoiled brats who couldn’t reach the heights
In an atmosphere unfriendly and hostile to all.
Why, why did you have to go away and drop out
The rat race and leave me struggling with angst?
And fighting misfortune.  With you, I felt so secure.

None would tear down the sand castles we built
Nor remind us we were nuts.  You gave us the vision
And the opposition marched past like the king who wore
The precious royal robe that none but the truthful could see;
But, to his peril, a pair of naughty kids were not deceived.
They shouted , “Our  King  is without  his clothes today!”
And the multitude confirmed, “His Majesty is naked!”
The chant went round and the monarch ran for cover.
Thus too most often our fancies held our heads high .
We linked our arms and formed  a circle of brave guys
Fighting unseen hordes, our own self doubts and rants
That impeded our advance yet made life worth living.  
We lived like kings defending our patch, our self esteem.
I never thought I’d outlive them; the pain is hard to bear,
The separation from long loved friends is hard to bear’
I long for the past that is all  gone and quietly I tell them.
Maybe you’re lucky, you left early and got the best seats.

I’m fated to linger some more and wait for the Call.
I still  wish You were here and  tell me I’m not alone!”
That before the day is gone a golden chariot will arrive
And bear me aloft to the heights we so vividly dreamed.
I pray for you; that is all I can do for the hopes and support
You gave me.  Relax and enjoy your peace in heaven,
You’re the real stars of my life, I’ll never be far from you.
I shall always love you and honor you,  my true friends.

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This poems seeks to emphasis the power of great thoughts and how it is pivotal to overcome life's many difficulties, give us the courage to progress and also give meaning and happiness to life and living.

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Written on December 13, 2021

Submitted by M.A.Q.Rizvon on July 13, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 2,158
Words 417
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 16, 17, 8

M A Q RIZVON

The son of a well-known Urdu poet, I have been fascinated by the idea of atleast one or two collections of Urdu poems to be published. An India born American, I retain a love for poetry inherited from my dad. Urdu is one of the world languages that have a direct rise from the heart. It is more music than prose, and this love translates easily to other languages. The combination of English and Urdu gives us a unique harmony and cultural finesse. It has been easy for me to be an English poet of some rank. At age 91, I feel I have the best grooming to be able to avail a synthesis of not only the two best world languages but also a fusion of two different civilizations. It is a happy life that has been granted to me as I avail the climatic contrast and have, as the saying goes, the best of both worlds. I believe Urdu is the best fount for advancement in English. My first published book of poems is a slim volume titled - 'From My Heart to Yours' that has gained a good footing in the western world also. My wife of 71 years has been of great support to me and I am both glad and proud that we have never had any difference of opinion on any issue and my poems reflect the harmony that exists between us. more…

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