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Shanty Dwellers


An aspiring poet, Shafqat M. holds a master's degree in English Literature from the University of Kashmir.

Shanty Dwellers - A Poem About Life!

Shanty Dwellers - A Poem About Life!

Soft breeze,

How's it your gentleness,

Has rags cringe upon your fluttering sounds.

Your soothing arrivals,

Come in uninvited, unhinge disgrace,

Tatter robe and expose,

A scantily clad feeble dervish;

Extinguish candle of hope;

Leave multitudes forlorn in the gloom,

For eternity to come.

Shanties -

Those specks in time's eye,


But wince not,

Nor to smithereens leave the unbidden guest.

If life isn't a dance,

Death's dervish in ecstasy inspires -

What is?

Like a stain that knows,

Death is but one wash away,

Yet -

Sticks on to that dreamy foam,

For one last dalliance -


A fleshy thing called a finger flicks

And drains everything -

Down the gutter!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Shafqat M

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