ON GENEROSITY

  There are big trees here. Some look big enough to shelter hundreds of people at once. I’ve been told these are banyan trees. They suddenly vindicate my Nana’s recollection of a tree that could shelter his entire village. These trees are bountiful, life-giving and life-saving; they are beautiful. Something about them and what they…

RE: LOVING WORDLESSLY

her naked calves in my naked hands she looks to the window and says i’m so happy you came here – or thereabouts – the shy offering urges me to take the plunge and the plunge feels more like floating so i reach into it squeezing the flesh of her right lower leg i say, i…

MASJID WAZIR KHAN

a still oasis in the middle of bustle my eyes could not eat it all up at once – perhaps one of Lahore’s most beautiful sights.

WHICH CAME FIRST?

which came first? harehills or pakistan? which is the reference to the other when you’re diaspora and fruit stalls in Lahore remind you of Leeds reminding you of unremembered villages in an unremembered Punjab…?

I WAS A SUNFLOWER UNAWARE THAT THE SOIL WAS ALIVE, TOO

i mostly tell the time by the sun and the athaan i never wear my watch or glasses anymore i only speak english on the phone i don’t brush my hair every day i have been sockless for the same length of time i haven’t spoken to any men my age i know this kitchen…

28 – FEB – 2018

im exhausted but need to clear my mind: I keep forgetting to mention that everybody’s (so many people’s) houses say “MashaAllah” in Arabic on the front. Your daily list has no bearing on Allah’s plans. It’s remarkable how far you can get with bad language skills and a fierce need to protect your Nani. People…