Anticipating… by Hafsa Mumtaz

[tabby title="Poem"] my pen tiptoes and pirouettes** Like bony streaksof neglect on your lips childhood weaves memory of me lickingmy lips - a perforated curve of blood disappears ** Like time's strokes ofundulation on your mural face blood sprays my...

A Plate of Summer by Hafsa Mumtaz

[tabby title="Poem"] mom's jaspé hands speckled with flourthe sunset-beige of a roti in the skilletis the negative eclipse of familial loveasterism of fatigue on her forehead cascadesdown her templesvermillion flames on the stove are the fingersof summer bequeathing warmthripening the...

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...