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Five Love Poems

By Mubashir Karim 

An Appetite for Love 

I have developed
An appetite for love.

In Love
I want to write
Erotic poems about you
Disguised as passionate spirituality.

In Love
I want to breathe
All my energy into you
As a mark of protest against nature.

In Love
I want to be the lone scholar
Of your body
And write an annotated history of your lips.

In Love
I want to do to you
What a wind does to a chime.

In Love
I want to knead your cheeks
And turn them
Into colorful cotton candies.

In Love
I want all these monotonous
Clocks of the world
To fall passionately in love with Time.

In Love
I want to do to you
What the abrasive surface of a matchbox
Does to a matchstick.

In Love
I want to singe all your memories
To represent my body
As your unfinished souvenir.

In Love
I want to treat you
Like a tumultuous sea treats a ship.

In Love
I want to call all languages
Disparate tricks to keep us all
Away from silences.


Love in the Time of Camera

Your casual look –
And my eyes break like cheap crockery.

In Love
Most often
You need to think hard –
Face, hands, eyes, hair…
It’s not easy to remember your beloved.


Moral Policing


And when
They couldn’t find me
They took all my finger prints
From your skin away.


Forget poetry!
I actually reside inside my beloved now
Call it love if you want
I’m just afraid of moral policing.


Love in the time of Snowden

“I love her
Less than my passwords,”
I whisper to myself


Ordinary Lies

In Love
Trivial mistakes
Ordinary lies
Are deliberate attempts
To be loved more

When she asked
“Don’t you know how much I love you?”

I plainly said


Mubashir Karim is from Srinagar, Kashmir. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in English from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

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4 Responses to “Five Love Poems”

  1. Sanjeev Sethi

    Good stuff Mubashir Karim, look forward to reading many more from you.
    Thank you Cafe Dissensus Everyday.

  2. Faizan

    Thank God i searched ua name on google Mubashir Karim….Aap kamaal Nhi Bakamaal Ho Yaar..Wah Maza Aagaya.


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