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Five Love Poems

By Mubashir Karim 

An Appetite for Love 

Lately
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

(I)

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

(II)

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
Surreptitiously.

***

Ordinary Lies

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

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

I plainly said
“No”

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

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Read the latest issue of Cafe Dissensus Magazine on ‘Jewish-Muslim Relations in South Asia’, edited by Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi, Assistant Professor, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India.

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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.

    Reply
  2. Faizan

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

    Reply

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