Afzal Ahmed's poetry, originally written in Urdu, is simply brilliant. Sample some of the lines:THE HEART OF A POET
If you wish I could recite to you the poem that I read when I used to speak and was unaware through how many doors the gnashing of my teeth could be heard
The poet said: My heart is a hound I am setting it after your scent You were unfaithful to me You eloped with another man My heart will mangle that man's genitals and your calf in his jaw drag you back to me.
A poet's heart is a hound/ And the heart of a chained man is a chained dog This dog has become mad It has swallowed its chain Perhaps your fingers too that are cold as stone and unfaithful like this chain that could tether any dog
You called the veteriniarian and smiling into his eyes decided my fate for me The end of love was marked/ perhaps by someone else/ not you whose script is locked in my heart like the secret at which I first learned to bark