Out of Sight

The sparrow that taps my window
is absent and the door also creaks more
the removal of one sound gives way to
others and same is true of words I used
profusely to describe the gestures you
adopted in summer, huffing in corridors 
for a palm of water leaving behind waves
knocking shoulders, and sometimes just 
a pinch of glance which adds to misery
of interpreting change in the sunlight 
and in your moods of late August evenings 
out of sight off the hinges no one returns 
to broken spells of rain and remote 
patches of grass quivering tongues.


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, 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.