Contemporary Literary Review India | eISSN 2394-6075 | Vol 2 No 3: CLRI August 2015

Poems by Saima Afreen



Time has become too old

Even for history

Here - Dust it off

From window pains

Polished planets

Have played

Chinese Checkers

For too long!

From an empty

Glass square

A rusted season

Has fallen on

The wrinkled

Log hours

With bullets

for fruits

and shelter

in dead leaves!

Climb! Climb!

Up! Up and up!

Pluck the rainbow

Even though

It is half of a circle…

Open its Blue


For your

Sky is Lost

Find it in the long winter sleeves

Of your pherans

ice will soon cover you

The red explosions

Will turn you




For Shakuni

Below the reign of pollen

Is a staircase where an

Ampersand awaits.

and i throw the bones

of my forefathers

On the dusty Game Board

The dice cracks

o p e n – an atlas where








Cartilage boils to your whispers

Carthage and Hastinapur wake

In the slipping satin from

The tips of Time

And in the nucleus of sapphire

King Priam was already r i d i n’

on the minutes dripping

From the veins of crown

Shedding jungles of gold

Now a cluster of anemone

You decorated the slave girl’s

Hair with.

Did the moving stars not tell you

Termites will be the wise ones

with screeches of chariots - lost

digested, safely

In their bellies?


Saima Afreen defines herself as she does not know much about herself. She has not yet reached the field where she can find herself and write a bio. Calcutta is where she grew up, smelling shiuli flowers and chewing different syllables.

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