Magee Park Poets

A gathering of poets in north San Diego County
About the poet
Shadab Zeest Hashmi earned an MFA at Warren Wilson. Her work has been published in New Millenium Writings, The Bitter Oleander, Hubbub, Pakistani Literature, SDPA, and Nimrod International Journal, among other print and web publications.
Nocturne
By Shadab Zeest Hashmi
Published in Magee Park Poets Anthology, 2010
There are pen-nibs like mosquitoes,
moon-fooled shadows.
There is Rapid-Eye-Movement sleep,
Ezra Pound unread. And orphan poetry
flashing across the ink-blue window.
Aeroplanes. The cold, skeletal elbows of a tree.
And letters on the dresser.
There is time blowing itself away
like a frail spider's web,
that clings on darkly until gone.
Imagination
becoming hard of hearing, shedding hair and losing teeth.
There is a sharp moon.
I want restlessness to symphonise itself
and roll softly in my ear as if I were Thumbelina.
I want to sleep in a walnut shell.