Prohibited to Touch You 

they were hidden in dying sunlight 
circles around your lips 
a pouted patch touched by age 
You — surviving like words on a page— 
delicately curl without intentions  
wanting to freak me in a passage 
it’s small effort to make me think  
shining stars and distant analogies 
a wrinkled cosmos on forehead— 
a prohibited room of imagination 
not a battle for silence  
just eyes trapped behind doors 
But in fact, I haven’t even come close 
to you. At least, I want to. 
 
 
Rizwan Akhtar works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his PhD in postcolonial literature from the University of Essex, UK in 2013. He has published poems in well-established poetry magazines of the UK, Wales, US, India, Canada, and New Zealand. He has also done a 5 weeks workshop on poetry with Derek Walcott at the University of Essex in 2010.