A Poem| The Walking Zombies

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Poet: Muhammad Nasrullah Khan

Theme: In today's absurd world, we have become zombies.

Burdened by the empty day,
I walk the lonely streets.
Leaving my tiny apartment to feel alive,
I find a city of smoke and dust,
populated by zombie-like people.
I see a bookshop hidden among tall towers,
a dark secret huddled behind facades of truth.
An old man in the doorway sits and stares.
Books are his old companions.
A lyric of the past disrupts the fervor of the moment.
Though he looks up at people, his eyes grow cold,
the way one looks at an insect.
I continue,
a street of houses stacked like cardboard boxes,
lives plagued by mortgages.
For the love of the cosmopolitan world,
they have created mongrels.
I turn the corner.
A man and a woman stand on the other side, discussing matters:
"Can I keep your company?" she asks.
"How much?" He leans in.
"$30 an hour."
The man strokes her half-bared breast:
“Not bad.”
They link arms and disappear.
I pass nightclubs, takeaways, and bars.
Aromas of greasy food and alcohol overpower me.
A cough explodes from an alley.
I spin around to see.
A silhouette among dumpsters and piles of trash.
Her bed, a box without roof.
Why do I live among this waste?
I ask myself every day.
The sun dies behind the skyscrapers
and I rise from the dead
I've become a zombie of the night
like others stumbling mindlessly through life.
I must withdraw disdain.
We are all the same.

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Muhammad Nasrullah Khan is the publisher of Creative Corner. His short stories and poems are well-recognized internationally for his unique style. His creative work has appeared in Adbusters, Evergreen review, Indiana Voice Journal, Newtopia Magazine, Gowanus Books,Offcourse literary Journal University at Albany, The Raven Chronicles, and many others. His book is available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D7WZXVL

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