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Beauty & Rhytm

I was set free! I dissolved in the sea, became white sails and flying spray, became beauty and rhytm, became moonlight and the ship and the high dim-starred sky! I belonged, without past or future, within peace and unity and a wild joy, within something greater than my own life, or the life of man, to LIFE itself!.......Eugene O'Neill (1888 – 1953)

Pain and sufferings on this land are not over yet

When we launched life
on the river of grief,
how vital were our arms, how ruby our blood.
With a few strokes, it seemed,
we would cross all pain,
we would soon disembark.
That didn't happen.
In the stillness of each wave we found invisible currents.
The boatmen, too, were unskilled,
their oars untested.
Investigate the matter as you will,
blame whomever, as much as you want,
but the river hasn't changed,
the raft is still the same.
Now you suggest what's to be done,
you tell us how to come ashore.
...................................................................Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Being a Kite

If I were a kite
I'd kneel,
stretch my skinny arms
out wide,
and wait for wind.

My yellow shirt would
fill up like a sail
and flap,
tugging my criss-crossed
wooden bones and me
towards seas of cloud.

My rippling paper skin
would rustle like applause
as I inhaled,
gulping one last gust
to swoop me giddy-quick
above the trees.

My red rag tail
would drift
toward everything green
to balance me

so all day
I could
loop and climb
loop and climb
into pure sky.
...............................Jacqueline Sweeney

As long as we have hope,
we have direction,
the energy to move,
and the map to move by.
We have a hundred alternatives,
a thousand paths and infinity of dreams.
Hopeful, we are halfway to where we want to go;
Hopeless, we are lost forever.

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    Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Happy Birthday Riaz!

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    Mar 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

  • la-lola's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    happy birthday riaz...

  • traveloturc's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Happy birthday to you from Istanbul / Turkiye ..I wish that you realize all your dreams ...good luck

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    Mar 23, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Happy Birthday from sunny California!

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 12:08 PM

    Salamz n thanx visitin n appreciating my work on VT. It was pleasure to see your homepage n travel pages. Nice pictures n information. Keep up the good work!

  • malikbhai's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2006 at 6:34 AM

    Thanx For such a brief virtual tour to our home land Sir,I hope in near future we will have some more informative articles by you.I want you to write some more in detail about Chakwal,thanx

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2006 at 8:04 PM

    thanx for leaving comments on my homepage. i hope u will build some nice tips on ur travels on this site :-)

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