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Afzal Ahmed Syed is the author of Rococo and Other Worlds: Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 2010).

If My Voice Is Not Reaching You

Afzal Ahmed Syed

     If my voice is not reaching you
     add to it the echo—
     echo of ancient epics

     And to that—
     a princess

     And to the princess—your beauty

     And to your beauty—
     a lover's heart

     And in the lover's heart
     a dagger

From Rococo and Other Worlds by Afzal Ahmed Syed. Copyright © 2010 by Afzal Ahmed Syed. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

From Rococo and Other Worlds by Afzal Ahmed Syed. Copyright © 2010 by Afzal Ahmed Syed. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Afzal Ahmed Syed

Afzal Ahmed Syed is the author of Rococo and Other Worlds: Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 2010).