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City Lights

City lights,


Half-hearted smiles 

And ugly cries.


Bustling roads,

Narrow and broad;

Abundant with shops and bars,

And people- their bodies, minds and souls scarred.


Edifices tall and sturdy.

Trapped in it are people content and happy;

And those walking on thorns, barbed and merciless;

And those breathing but lifeless.


The city is a place where time flies.

A place of bitter truths and honeyed lies;

Of unassuming minds and vile eyes;

Of remarkable virtues and horrendous crimes.


Bursting with affection, it's a home to the young and the old,

The meek and the bold,

The straight and the queer,

The rich and the meagre.


But in this sprightly city,

Where moments pass by quickly,

How many of us are truly living?

And how many merely breathing?




◄ The Cost Of Your Hand

Can You Hear The Moon Sing At Night? ►


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John Marks

Thu 30th Jul 2020 23:58

I admire the piquancy of rhyming.bars with scarred. Makes me think of the scars left by 911 and how the NYC people set off for work on that September morning thinking they had time, plenty of time, to amend their lives.

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Sat 18th Jul 2020 12:24

You’re welcome.

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Shifa Maqba

Sat 18th Jul 2020 03:28

Thank you so much, Shehariah for taking the time to review so many of my poems. Your kindness is unmatched!

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Sat 18th Jul 2020 02:57

I really like the picture of humanity you’ve painted here with your words.

“How many of us are truly living?
And how many merely breathing?”

Only the brave will answer these honestly.

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Shifa Maqba

Tue 14th Jul 2020 05:02

Thank you, Abdul and Leon for your encouraging comments!

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Mon 13th Jul 2020 17:29

Having REALLY enjoyed this great poem Shifa, all I can say is-

more, please!


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Abdul Ahmad

Mon 13th Jul 2020 16:24

Shifa, Master Po says all that needs saying about your poem.

Enjoyed reading it.

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Shifa Maqba

Mon 13th Jul 2020 13:06

Thank you, Po for your kind comment and unwavering support!

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