Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hungry

Ashfa Salam

The only
Living tree
Outside
My window
Catches my eyes
Every day.

Today
My starving eyes
Linger
A little too long
On it, moving weakly,
Dark and naked.
For it has born
A ripe red fruit
Small but strong.

I reach,
After a moment's
Thought.
But then I stop,
Leaving it
To a hungrier soul
Than me.

Autumn

Ashfa Salam.

Led by
The late morning breeze
Comes
The fragrance
Of cold.
Bright leaves
Floating on autumn air
Finally land
On the sparkling water
Far ahead
On the azure sky
Crawl the tiny clouds.
Rooted
On the doorstep
Breathing in today’s joy and-
Hugging myself tight
I hold up
The little camera
In my hands
Trying to frame
My first autumn.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Challenge

Hey you all lovely people!

I hope you are having an amazing day (or a peaceful night)!

There is something I've been wanting to tell everyone for a long time, including myself of course. I believe it is something that would eventually make you happy.
Before telling what it is that would actually make you happy, let me ask a question: What is something we do, without fail, every day? Well, there are definitely many things. But I know you wouldn't say no if I tell you that one of them is backbiting. Talking about others in their absence is something everybody enjoys doing these days and trust me, it can’t get any worse. I guess I am right if I say that this is something so extremely common these days. We never miss to talk about someone else when we are having our daily talks with our friends or family. We think it satisfies us in some way. But, at the end of the day, it really doesn't. Perhaps that is one of the main reasons why we don't feel good or happy deep within our hearts. It is so common that sometimes it feels ridiculously good when you come across some really good people who don’t really backbite. Let me shout out at them: I ADORE YOU! YOU ARE A REASON WHY THE WORLD CAN STILL BE A BETTER PLACE! KEEP BEING THE AWESOME HUMAN YOU ARE!
And for the rest of those who are also goodhearted humans, again including myself of course: Let's see if we could do this. I want all of us to take up this challenge. How about a one-day challenge of never backbiting? And yes, it is reasonable to call it a challenge.
If you could do that, I'm sure you will definitely feel good and will be at peace at the end of the day. Then let’s make it a three-day challenge, then five-day. And finally, continue to do it for the rest of your life. Because we all deserve happiness in life and it all begins with quitting some really bad habit. We all know that backbiting is undeniably a very bad habit.
We can all make the world a better place. And you can’t make something better, unless you first stop doing things that make it worse.

Share goodness. Be positive. Inspire. Spread love. Enjoy life.

Love from Ashfa.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dilemma

Ashfa Salam

Here I am stuck
On top of the fence
Wondering whether
To treat others
The way
I like to be treated
Or to treat them
The way
They treat me.
And then
Just when I begin
To fear
This dilemma
Will keep me
Stuck here forever
I saw you
Walking
Upon the fence
With all that courage
Towards me.
I stood up smiling
And held your hand.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Crazy

Ashfa Salam

Before you stands the mirror.
You tilt your head and smile.
You get lost in your own eyes.
You admire yourself.
You wink.
You make a funny face
And end up laughing
A soundless laugh.

You look again in the mirror
And frown.
You don't like how you look
When you laugh.
It is a pity you don't see
The twinkle in your eyes.
You only see
The gaping mouth.

You sit down but still staring.
You lean in, nose almost touching
The clear glass.
You think.
You try to count your lashes
And fail.
You smile again, head straight this time.
You stand up to dance to your own song.
You trip and hold yourself.
You are still not tired.
You hug yourself and dance again.

You lie down and
Look beyond the walls.
Your mind starts to wander.
You start to cry.
You cry. And then,
You talk to yourself.
You call yourself an idiot.
Then you feel bad
And you say sorry.

You look sideways and smirk.
You giggle through
The tears.
You feel good.
You sit up and stare.
You feel good.
And you feel bad.
You feel pretty
And you feel ugly.
You laugh and then you cry.

Nobody is watching you.
You are alone.
And when you are alone,
You are crazy.
Well,
Who is not?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A poem after ages..

Beautiful morning to you all beautiful people!
I feel extremely good today because I wrote a poem after a long, long time.
This is my first poem for 2017.

Turn

Ashfa Salam

It begins with a shadow so small
With time it lengthens and above you it hovers.
Where there is light, it inevitably is,
Swaying and darkening and scaring, it covers.

You guide your fragile heart toward it for too long,
Only to let the darkness swell and stay.
For when your eyes are upon the shadow,
You forget your soul stands on light's way.

You are the only being that stands
On the way of sunshine that comes through
Lighting up the depths of your soul and within.
To turn towards the light or dark is up to you.

There has forever been a brighter light
For every black shadow that looms
Turn around and steer your heart upon-
Sunshine and never on shadow's glooms.