World Literature

The Observant – Poetry from India

Young poet Afzal Sajjad Zafir from Darbhanga city of Indian state Bihar shares his three poems

I don’t have tongue, I’m not deaf just dumb, All I have is two dark eyes, I don’t speak, just gaze, My existence is unnoticed, Yet I know much about life.

Afzal Sajjad Zafir

Afzal Sajjad Zafir from Darbhanga city of Indian state Bihar is doing graduation in Accounting and Finance. He has obtained an online degree in Literary Criticism from Yale University. He also attended online classes of Brandon Sanderson. Azal had interest in poetry since his childhood, when his father used to teach him Persian. He taught him about great Persian poets like Rumi, Hafiz Shirazi, Jami and Bedal. He wrote his first poem at the age of nine years.


The Observant

I don’t have tongue

I’m not deaf just dumb

All I have is two dark eyes

I don’t speak, just gaze

My existence is unnoticed

Yet I know much about life.

The truth and lie

I know you think

I’m just a stupid guy

Timid and shy

Oh my dear, I don’t care

What you think about me.

Someone else opinion

Doesn’t change me

Life is to be lived

Enjoy the serenity of the ocean

Play with moving wind,

Yet be aware of

Cunning humans!

Silent servant of Almighty

Believing in invisible existence,

Is considered stupid in

This vacuum world

I know no one will believe me

I’m just a fool, old man

I do not preach

Neither I heal

I don’t kill people to prove

Your superiority

I don’t sell your name to

Make fortune

I’m just a believer

Who worships you in whispers

I’m your silent servant

The Rage

In the age of injustice

In the times of oppressors

In the reign of criminals

Justice is rare.

Dark is the new fair

Truth dims

And lies glare

All we share

Is torment and pain

The Sons of Cain

The inane and insane

The profane and inhumane

 Stomping the fragile morality

Desecrating the sanctity of the world!


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