We play games

You and I and they

Play at reconciling what is irreconcilable

Agreeing on irrelevant details and grand concepts

But glossing over love and understanding

That the concepts embody

We play games

You and I and they

To preserve our little domains

And prevent them from blossoming

Into flowers that will free the world

Of you and I and they

We play games

You to survive and I to negotiate your survival

And they to plunder us both.


Karachi, February 1989


  1. Maniza Naqvi

    Heart wrenching. Isn’t it? Wah.

    Posted December 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm | PermalinkReply
  2. Maurice Leonhardt

    ….. you knew this Arif ….. in 1989 ….I really learnt it when Gregor left MIS.

    with thanks

    Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm | PermalinkReply

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