Book Shelf

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Following verses are a humble tribute to a tremendous emotionally charged poem on
Neglected Books heard in Urdu/hindi by Gulzar Sahib on TV
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Accusing eyes
wistful glances
Sighing heavily
Trying to catch my eye
as I breeze by smitten
by digital Facebook’s blow
by blow Statuses updated
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Relationship
Declarations
from budding
to Solid, complicated
all blurted out
Unabashedly
on social media
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Gone are days
of pounding, heart
stopping moments
when books were deliberately
dropped, notes surreptitiously
Exchanged for clandestine
rendez-vous
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Sheer romance of it
has gone a begging
Replaced by
Blatant boldness
In the face declarations
Paucity of imagination
currently ruling
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Fancy artistic
dust jackets
dog eared underlined
passages,
secret coded
messages,
allure of illicit
alliances
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taboo topics
potboilers, banned
books hidden
from prying eyes
taste of paper
by saliva moistened
fingers turning pages
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Treasured mementos
fragrances hidden in pages
pressed petals, flowers,
hastily penned notes
Potent romantic brew
Sadly lost these days
due to digital notebooks

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