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Eid—Ali Ashhar

Ali Ashhar is a poet, short story writer and columnist. He is the author of the poetry collection Mirror of Emotions. His works appear in Indian Review, The Raven Review, Bosphorus Review of Books, among others. 


After thirty days of fasting

against the evils of soul;

the divine gives a call to our elevated persona

as a serene breeze from the heaven

greets our spirit, 

in his service—

we get together with our loved ones

and share our joy and moments with them. 

Fleeting times changes everything, 

yet there are days when you realize

that some things are never meant to change:

on this occasional revelry 

we cherish, celebrate

and embrace our lively aura, 

we sit together and devour scrumptious sewai

the way we devoured our sinister habits

while praying together during Ramadan, 

we celebrate our transformed aura

and all the good we did to prevail over evil, 

not only for the sake of Ramadan

nevertheless the whole year. 

With smiling faces we hug each other to greet—

Eid Mubarak!


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