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Volume 12


Dog Eat Dog - December 2013


Verse

Kiran Bashir Ahmad

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Kiran Bashir Ahmad

Kiran Bashir Ahmad is at home in webs – from helping people sort out tangled ones, to spinning some of her own, her sprightly fingers continually complement her busy mind and sunny temperament. A full time educationist and clinical psychologist by profession; a part time writer, social worker and trainer by passion, she believes in life, love, ‘pay it forward’ and the sublime power of good food. Currently she is enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology. She was the first prize winner of the English Speaking Union of Pakistan’s All Karachi Poetry Writing Competition in 1999 and won her way into IBelong, a national story writing competition and chain organized by the British Council in 2004. Read from her work on her blog, tweet at @kiranba and dive into her fantasies in Neither Night nor Day – 13 stories by women writers from Pakistan (HarperCollins, India); and After the Rain – a collection of short stories from the SAARC region (MHA Publications, Pakistan).

        
      
       
            
              

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Clockwork Scratches


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Time, the fleet footed deer,
runs into the night.
Death, the penitent archer follows
inexorably behind,
with drooping shoulders, bowed head
and eyes that cannot see
leaving a deep purple scar
on the childish face of senility.

In the moments passing by:
The helplessness of silver clouds,
the clarion cry of crows homeward bound –
black against the brilliant sky.
The tide comes treading softly in,
while life ebbs out.

 

 

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