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Shanty Dwellers ~ A Poem About Life

Updated on October 15, 2020
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An aspiring poet, Shafqat M. holds a master's degree in English Literature from the University of Kashmir.

Shanty Dwellers - A Poetry about Life
Shanty Dwellers - A Poetry 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,

Shriek,

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 -

Before,

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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    • Shafqat-M profile imageAUTHOR

      Shafqat M 

      34 hours ago from Srinagar, Kashmir

      Thanks, Brenda for dropping by and appreciating this poem of mine!

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      44 hours ago from Washington Court House

      A bit of a sad poem...but is creative.

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      Shafqat M 

      9 days ago from Srinagar, Kashmir

      Thanks for your appreciation, and reading the poem, Audrey Hunt!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you for this creative, visual poem. Well done!

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      Shafqat M 

      11 days ago from Srinagar, Kashmir

      John Hansen, thanks for your feedback! I am inspired by your generous response!

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      John Hansen 

      11 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting imagery In this creative poem.

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