The starlit sky is now quite aloof
the moon too is nowhere to be seen.
Ah! My dad entraped my fears and regrets
“O! The sky is so cloudy, the moon has hid somewhere
the stars too are scared to come out lest it may rain
lest it may saturate their gleam.”
I smile and smile, but see! My heart cries
for I know my eyes have turned blind
and everything is hazy and gloomy.
The umbrous brightness within me wails
But I have to live and live and live.
The eyes that envisioned you
holding a candle in your hand
and trying to fix that imperfect canvas
painted by my feeble and unskilled hands,
the eyes that would behold you
smiling anxiously at me while I waved a bye
from the window of my school bus,
the eyes that loved to espy you
being on work, a stern look on your bossy face,
Ah! Those eyes are blind now,
with nothing to see just darkness.
The eyes just perceive nothing, but darkness.
~ Shah Bisma Manzoor