in retreat

that the broken
    vale
    stutters its utter 

malignancy in retreat, that water
    is now
    nice - politeness

in retreat, that summer
    winds
    down - not in

advance, that
    your
    afterlife is

measurable in loveless
    hymn-
    that too in

defeat, that quote
    from
    ghalib - in
defeat, that rote missive and yesterday missing its yesterday.

2 comments on “in retreat

  1. Sonya Kassam says:

    Wow! You are referring to a particular quote by Ghalib? Which one?

    • huzaifazoom says:

      Thanks. Although I refer to a quote, Ghalib’s life and work is seeped in one word, and here I quote Faiz: “to ghalib ke kalaam ki ye bunyaadi kaifiyat kya hai? agar iss ke liye maiN koi aik lafz soch chuka hooN to wo udaashi hai.” It is this deep despondency in Ghalib that reverberates, is relevant and haunts us today.

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