Spare me the last grenade

Spare me the last grenade, my dreams are shattered with every explosion.

Taha Kerar September 20, 2012
Spare me the last grenade,

My city bleeds like an ailing heart.


Spare me the last grenade,

My mind is numbed by the whispers of death.


Spare me the last grenade,

My dreams are shattered with every explosion.


Spare me the last grenade,

My hopes are foiled by relentless fear.


Spare me the last grenade,

My eyes cannot see a mother’s pain and grief.


Spare me the last grenade,

My innocence is not prepared for death.


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Taha Kerar A blogger on social events and has previously worked as Assistant Editor for a media magazine. He is currently pursuing Law Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He tweets @TahaKehar.
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Sara | 11 years ago | Reply brevity is the soul of wit. the poem proves this.
Hammad Ahmad Khan | 11 years ago | Reply @Asad S: The poem may be 'simple' but that's what makes it so poignant. It evokes deeply felt sentiments tethered to the lives of every Pakistani. The simplicity lends it a universality; a clairvoyance if you will that resonates with everyone, not just the elite who can discern deeper meanings from literary works. Simplicity is much desired especially in the subcontinent where authors who write in English tend to wax towards the philosophical to the point that it's downright pretentious. If you really want poetry that's deep though, read the book; there's an eclectic variety of poems, both deep and simple- notice how I steer clear from the word shallow because they're not the same :). Keep an open mind and if you still need convincing, there's a Facebook page with excerpts from the book: Cheers.
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