Like a shadeless tree

The world around me

Is still appeased

And looks ugly 

No one awaits 

And often everyone eludes

Thence I face the sun, 

Moon and wind alone

No dewdrops emboss on me 

For I am not green anymore

No wind blows across

For I am in utter ruin

Rain no more revives me

Nor pleases me the spring

I squizz the night 

And gaze at the sky

But all in vain

Neither the night sprinkles its mist

Nor the sky offers shelter

It’s all agony I breathe 

It’s earthlessness I feel

My ruins are so enticing

That I stand alone,

Shadeless and leafless 

But again 

Facing the sky, moon, and the sun

Above the earth

Beneath the sky

I seek my beloved 

Who’s been my leaves, my shade and my Earth

Now I search each bit of the Earth

To discover where he rests

My roots keep spiralling 

For there’s hope

Of meeting again 

Not above the sky 

But beneath the beautiful earth

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The writer is a student of English Literature at university of Karachi and works as the Secretary General of Lyari Literary Forum LLF. She has co-authored four anthologies and can be reached at Instagram @hazaran_writes