TARDIYYĀT

I’ ve been there , I’ve done that
khamriyyāt – wine poems- Check
zuhdiyyāt – ascetic poems- Check
and
ghazaliyyāt – love poems – Check

But

ṭardiyyāt – hunt poems- Oh dear ! No !

So , as per the Diwaan – al – Arab
I’m wanting in one department

I do not hunt
I cannot hunt
I will not hunt

So I might as well accept the fact

I’ll have to live with imperfection
As a poet

I’ll never measure up
To the standards of Classical Arabic Poetry

Sorry , Self
You are no hunter

Unless you count
Hunting the wild beasts
That lurk in the dark jungles of the mind
The dragons
That breathe fire in the dread desolation of the heart
The leopards and pumas that menace
The searing desert of the soul

Those , I do hunt
My pen
Is a Saljuk hound
My imagination
An Andalusian steed
My poem
A Tartar sword

( A S A )

8 thoughts on “TARDIYYĀT

    1. Jagdish Singh Ramana

      Great! The poem full of Arabic words and beautiful historical metaphors. Really the metaphors are interesting!
      “I do hunt
      My pen
      Is a Saljuk hound
      My imagination
      An Andalusian steed
      My poem
      A Tartar sword”

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