IN THE CITY OF FLOWERS

By Neelum Ahmad Basheer

A black day had dawned
in the city of flowers
scary looking monsters with their long beards
their ugly faces scarred with sins
descended to suck the blood of the flowers of my womb
eat my heart raw
swindle the soul out of my helpless existence
set fire to trees dancing in the winds of life
the winds carried the stench of burning flesh
smelled like sweet incense to the gods above
in the heavens above
sitting on thrones in the garden of Eden
and my king was smiling
happy in his hangover
that the enemy s horses have retreated
the jungle is all mine,,again..he teased
will you dine with me as a gesture of goodwill
come waltz with me…enemy of mine

all flowers held their breath and withered away
in the city of flowers.