Thursday, January 18, 2018

A world of dreams

A rising tide,
the poison spreads
through their veins -
those who nurture snakes
to bite,
with the merchants of death
to loot,
to rule
to dominate.

Amidst heady dreams
vanish memories
of getting bitten
the relationship of poison
to dreams.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

सपनों की दुनिया

निरंतर उफनता विष फैलता जा रहा है
उन की रगों में
जो पाल रहे हैं साँप
डसने के लिए,
मौत के सौदागोरों के साथ
लूटने के लिए,
राज करने के लिए l

भूल गये हैं
अपने सपनों की दुनिया में
अपना ही डस जाना,
चारों ओर फैलती दुर्गंध
सपनों का विष से संबंध l

Parvez Imam  
(All rights reserved by the Author. Use for non-commercial purposes is allowed with due credit.)

The news of a poor Laborer murdered by a right-wing fanatic in Rajasthan, India numbed me today.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Borrowed thoughts

Your relentless war:
killing, demolishing
anything, anyone
you feel threatened with...
and go on
with your borrowed thoughts.

Look inwards
into your fears
you will find answers
you do not see
in the chaos
of your borrowed thoughts.

Look inside,
what have you done
to others in the name of your fears?
Are those your gods, 
their denominations -
of your borrowed thoughts.

Peep within.
It may soon be too late.
The wars you continue to wage
will turn around one day
when people will stand up
against what they shouldn't tolerate anyway:
your borrowed thoughts.

Break open the web.
Right now.
Watch the regurgitating fears,
the absurdity,
the surreality
of your being -
a product of borrowed thoughts.

Parvez Imam (All rights reserved by the Author. Use for non-commercial purposes is allowed with due credit.)
-To those who are made to hate and fear others, across the world.  
Triggered by the demolition of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan in Mumbai on June 24)

Monday, May 9, 2016


Choose leaders carefully
lest they assign important tasks
chasing needless ideas
a purposeless purpose
sense of worth
that destroy, divide

Face down, on a crossroad
lost time for companion
you inhale hard
burnt tar.
The path slipped away
while you were drunk
on their words.

Follow naught.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Equality vs Equality

Equality (noun): The state of being equal, especially in status, rights or opportunities - Oxford Dictionary
Equality (a noun turned abstract): A word that turns into a scary thought and an apparently impossible task for some, the moment one talks about practicing it - Me

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

IT and health care?

Recently found this journal, VOICES (Vol. 5 No. 2, October 2001), with an article I wrote 15 years ago, on the hype created around 'IT uplifting Health care' etc.  Serves an apt reminder of how new words / phrases are thrown around to make us believe that things are changing for the better.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Do you comprehend
when I try to light a lamp
or shield one from the winds
to keep it burning
and sense a dark foreboding?

The earth is round.
Maybe on your ground
there is still some light.
day turns into night
we both know.
It will envelope you too
just a matter of time
we both know…
you never knew light.

War memorial, Vienna