Thursday, 14 July 2016

New Poetry Book Release by Farrukh Chishtie

Farrukh Chishtie's first book of poems, published by Harmonia Press, is now available! Please visit the Harmonia Press Book Order Page for information about purchasing a copy.

A plea to Poseidon
(or “On the 26th October, 2015 earthquake”)

Poseidon, I plead you again, to heed 
your waves sprouting jagged Underworlds,
brutally flailing our constructs; swaying
us on taut puppet strings. Wreaking havoc
this time: tomorrow is still left seismic.

Your rubble rousing roar echoes through my
body; stretched by San Andreas faults to
ground razing Indian-Eurasian fights.
This quaking fragment is all ears, and now
aftershocks titrate it for the Big One.

©2016 by Farrukh Chishtie

from Snowflake Sleep

An Earthly Portal

Ajar, the door of a brimming labor of love,
cleared and yet spilled over,
with “This can’t wait”
and “This can wait” folders,
artful tea stains.

Cut to the chase talk,
about the state of the Indian subcontinent,
a drafted answer
to a Physical Review referee
and his oracular judgment,
and the health of a super-intelligent dog
that craves the joy of a car ride,
decoding words are spelled out
to his exclusion on somber trips,
killing entire covert operations.

Snapshots of our past lives,
carefully exposed and encased
in self-pity-free frames of reference,
“Forget and get over it” attitudes,
a window full of snow
blocking the rugged view,
laughter and sobriety matched to march over
the great divide between Applied Mathematics 
and Physics.

Music dimmed at my entrance,
“No, I like it, don’t turn it down,”
never quite entertained,
a worn smile that tells me you have to pack 
and leave, to awaiting students
or a family to cook for,
D’vorah’s new play, a new singing part,
a guitar practice evening,
a restful Sabbath to look forward to.

Dedicated to the memory of Prof. Victor Elias,
a colleague and mentor.

©2016 by Farrukh Chishtie

from Snowflake Sleep

Farrukh Chishtie is a poet and writer presently based in Islamabad.

Since 2005, he is the editor of Subh-e-Nau Monthly, a first 

publication in Pakistan which features environment and public 

health concerns for a wider audience. Being formally trained in the

natural and social sciences, he is also presently involved in various

environmental science and development projects.