Fireworks by Hafsa Mumtaz

[tabby title="Poem"] the new year isn't new to youfor it brings back the memories flashing like fireworksfor it wells up your eyes because you're a bereaved kinfor it comes shivering like windowpane in a thunderstormfor it knits the greeting with...

December 25th – Birth of Pakistan’s Charisma by Hafsa Mumtaz

[tabby title="Poem"] they say why do you always complainabout the evil that is woven through usis there no good that prevails in our soulsis there nothing to appreciate or applaudits easy to complain than to fixi know it and yet...

Searching for Myself in the Silhouettes of My Memories by Hafsa Mumtaz

[tabby title="Poem"] soma nestles in a comforting caress on the scalppneuma glides bursting into bars of floral tints –    the rose quartz whorl,           the oyster base,                  the leafy urn.like lower-case letters the figments of fancy sedimentonto the waterline of my...

December 16, 2014 – The Peshawar Massacre by Hafsa Mumtaz

[tabby title="Poem"] December 16 – a spectral mist of melancholy,a lost voice like powder glass on a matchbox,a sensation so dominating your heart quivers,a spectacle so distressing and bloodcurdlingit leaves you in tears, disbelief, concussion. December 16 – a dark...

Flashbacks Still Breathe by Hafsa Mumtaz

[tabby title="Poem"] the Quranic calligraphy in glitter, fringed by corkscrew seashells –redolent of Karachi, still hangs above the headboard in my room; the warm aroma of desi ghee on parathas, the tea, and fried eggs –breakfasts at dawn after a...