Afzal Ahmed Syed is the author of Rococo and Other Worlds: Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 2010).
If My Voice Is Not Reaching You
If my voice is not reaching you
add to it the echo—
echo of ancient epics
And to that—
And to the princess—your beauty
And to your beauty—
a lover's heart
And in the lover's heart
From Rococo and Other Worlds by Afzal Ahmed Syed. Copyright © 2010 by Afzal Ahmed Syed. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press.