Ode to the city of lights

I have heard stories about you
My dear city from long ago but
Ever since I have opened my
Eyes to this world all I see is chaos
People tell me you used to be
Happy and embraced all kinds to
Your heart giving them a home
But now your children fight with
Each other brutally shedding blood
Of any one who believes in a
Different God condemning all
I’ve been told that the nights used
To be long and musical where
People freely roamed and danced
All I’ve encountered is fear on the
Streets and heard of hidden sins
I’ve been told that you were successful
And sexy as a sophisticated business
Man who seem to have it all in his
Control but for as long as I can
Remember your length and breadth
Weeps wounded under filth of
Rich brats and blood of innocents
My heart breaks as I meet you in words
On pages and in rusted memories
As people try to recall your tales for me
With faint smiles and lost eyes they
Speak of you as “the city of lights”

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16 thoughts on “Ode to the city of lights

  1. How much I love my ‘city of lights’ (Karachi — it’s in Pakistan). I felt like you described my city — it’s not exactly perfect but then what is perfect? I really hope one day, we will have peace in Karachi.

    Thank you for sharing Barrira ❤

    Kind Regards,
    -Naima

    PS– Can I share the link of this post on my Facebook? Thank you.

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