mashaallah he is doing very well

I
The pus of power bleeds an insane
Miasmus mess puffing creed of new
Upon seethe of old; there is no glow
In this dark, just deference; there
Is no flow and it is stark: dust
Reference. The pus of lower grades
Of hell refines itself in repetition:
Glib follows glob follows inane blob.

II
The condos and the hipster stock
Options, ivy league effulgences.

Step back and let the patronage
Sink in a bit further, and let

The rotting rot as the hipsterest
Of them all winks back at you.

Mashaallah, he is doing very well.

4 comments on “mashaallah he is doing very well

  1. Hmmm. This is an interestingly thought provoking one that makes me wonder what your inspirations for this poem could have been!

    • huzaifazoom says:

      I should have provided some context with the poem. The “mashaallah, he is doing very well” phrase is an all too common Pakistani mid/upper class utterance betraying an inner subservience to all things material. How one gets from class to crass is explored in these lines, tying material obeisance to social injustice. Poetry can restrict itself to pure aesthetics but as Faiz said “lauT jaati hai idhar ko bhi nazar kya kije?” which is roughly “can’t avoid looking this way, what to do?” ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. huzaifazoom says:

    Good. And thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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