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poetry: eyjafjallajoekull

April 18, 2010
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Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull* Volcano, Iceland


Smoke and steam hangs over the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland.

this billowing blindness
of incarcerated passions
cremates the animus and the anima
both disappearing
in the abyss of nether world

the killer billows
cast a shadow doomed
aware and unblind
we continue to nurture
hate and hatred
burying our selves

wish we could instead
entomb in smiles

***

shiddat e ghubaar e ishq*
sa'aye talay sub ko
youN jhulsa daita hay
kay jhilmilati nahiN
zindaqi ki koi ramaq
nafrataiN hoN ya ranjishaiN
madghum hojati haiN
mudfun ho jati haiN
is dhuwaiN kay kerbala maiN

aur woh jo ghubaar e marg hay
jo daira e ilm maiN hay
isay jaan tay hu'aye bhee
kyun hum log nafratouN
aur ranjishouN kay daam maiN
khud ko muqaiyyad ker laitay haiN
jub maut hee hay muqaddar maiN
tou kyuN na aaj say
muskurah ker jiayN

* mehdi sang yeh dhuan kahaan se uth ta hay
* Here is the BBC Pronunciation Unit's guide on how to saw the glacier's name. Eyjafjallajökull (or Eyafallajökull) is pronounced AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl (-uh) , that is -ay as in day, -fy as in few, -oe as in French coeur, -uu as in boot, the -tl as in atlas. The (-uh) is "a" as in ago.

love people who are in awe of words. words are the sole arbiter and the final survivor. desicritic editor, slave and slave-driver.
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