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#Poetry ‘The Rich Householder’ by Fiza Pathan

November 11, 2013

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The Rich Householder

By Fiza Pathan


Letters have been placed upon the glass table, says the wounded Pride who is my Lady.

A teacup of mirth passes between us over a tear drop of woe, for the love that has all but gone.

The nursery where the sick children lie eating their cream is packed to overflowing,

No milk white for my sorrowful beauty-no fevered rest for the saddest eye.

Encumbered I laugh over red wine and cold salmon, what is the news that this damp weather beholds for the poor of spirit?

Lighthearted let my enslaved spirit dance until all the terrace steps tumble upon my head, set my burial aside however, for a time after dinner.

Suppertime my beloved, eat to relish my hope of amour-gorge on the red meat which the cook has prepared so fair and trim.

Soft to touch and likened to the stag’s nostrils are the remnants of your face beloved,

Take a sip of white wine for the red blood to simmer down with the closing tide.

Marry me now as the dawn presses nearer,

Marry my past with our children in tow,

Marry my breast in bloody verse that spurts forth mercilessly.

Copyright © 2013 by Fiza Pathan

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  1. All though i understood only a little but i know its a great work.

  2. “A teacup of mirth passes between us over a tear drop of woe, for the love that has all but gone”.

    So poignantly indicating the sort of love it is. Very neatly done Fiza. Are you on Facebook? Would like to share this piece in our Facebook page and hence would be happy to tag you there.

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