Revolution is in the air

Published: February 5, 2013

PHOTO: REUTERS

I watch the electronic window,
In the corner of my room,
I see the cricketer promise,
An exit from this doom,
I see the cleric swing his fist,
Throwing curses everywhere,
Inhale the winds of change for,
Revolution is in the air!

I watch the men in charge,
Giving excuses for this state,
I notice in the anchor’s tone,
Frequencies of distaste,
I see the opposition complain,
As if they really care,
Inhale the winds of change for,
Revolution is in the air!

I see my streets burn,
In the fire of mistrust,
I see the protesters yelling,
As they burn another bus,
Behind which the owner stands,
Asking if this is fair,
Inhale the winds of change for,
Revolution is in the air!

I leave my dwelling at dusk,
To buy a loaf of bread,
I see an elder begging,
For a roof above his head,
“Repay my lifelong honesty”,
Proclaim the white of his hair,
Inhale the winds of change for,
Revolution is in the air!

I come across a youngster,
Educated he claims to be,
He wants to fetch his work,
Far across the sea,
To stay and serve this country,
Is a feat he would not dare,
Inhale the winds of change for,
Revolution is in the air!

The price of bread I learn,
Has risen yet again,
The wise shopkeeper too has,
His own accounts of pain,
“Talk not about the country sir,
Just give me my due share”,
Inhale the winds of change for,
Revolution is in the air!

The children in the compound,
Carry on with their quest,
Of hiding first and seeking then,
They play with infinite zest,
From the concerns of their parents,
They seem quite unaware,
Inhale the winds of change for,
Revolution is in the air!

I turn open the idiot box,
After obtaining my packet of starch,
The cricketer claims a clean-sweep,
The cleric is ending his march,
“Democracy is the best revenge!”
Remains the stance of the Chair,
Inhale the winds of change for,
Revolution is in the air!

Revolution! Revolution!
Revolution is in the air!

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Dr Ali Rafiq

Dr Ali Rafiq

Doctor, debater, freelance writer and blogger. Graduate of Dow Medical College and winner of various national and international debating and writing competitions. He tweets @dralirafiq twitter.com/dralirafiq

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • jamshed kharian-pak

    to ali rafic and all my pakistanis compatriots here & there about Revolution is in the air of course one day is our turn in pakistan when i dont know but in few years not many! is better we be prepared sine 1947 we are still living in english raaj via pakistanis feudals & local english elits there is only very litte progress since army police justice education all in english even every day language we used many english words pakistan’s populations are between 200 to 250 millions in 2013 but no water no electricity big pbs in education health care railways steelmils transports pia fleet agriculture land system & lots of english private schools in pakistan very big surprise mostly for strangers! as a Muslim what we need in Pakistan ok there are lots of minorties but theirs future is attached with the majority for all the peoples of Pakistan its time to do or make true Islamic Republic Of Pakistan as is written in the constitution without killings fighting destruction gherao jhalao etc if possible since 1971 we lost our half East Pakistan but corruption never stops same elits are on command if Pakistan watns to progress we must change our political system of govt there is lots of killing in Pakistan every where everyday its time we stop these things to happened as a Muslim (for your information i am sunni) Arabs need our help we need help maybe Ir Iran can help otherwise we do our own Islamic Revolution in PakistanRecommend

  • http://London ayesha azeem

    Pakistan will rise again..IN SHA ALLAHRecommend

  • Saba Fatima ALi

    Another masterpiece yet again!Recommend

  • seeker

    revolution is on its way. we accept it or not
    roti and roof are still far away
    reaction and receptivness are what that will pave its wayRecommend

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