Dr Ifti Nasim is a famous poet of Urdu. He belongs to Pakistan and is based in United States. He is a great gay icon for the emerging gay liberation in muslim societies.
I have written about him before as well. A cultural Hero: Ifti Nasim. Dr Nasim is a progressive man involved in social activism. He has send me his new poem. The poem is simply beautiful. A love poem it speaks about the tender emotions of adolescence and the conflict of sexual identity
A Boy Taught me How to Kiss a Girl
Playing Cricket was praying
Five times at once.
Every evening after
We all gather in the school ground
Like a different sets of animals
Around the watering hole
Some playing Hockey
Some doing nothing, reading, watching
We both were sweating rather drenching.
We jump in the swimming pool.
My fear of water and drowning came over me.
He held my arm and waist and made me swim.
Coming back home at dusk
He looked around.
Under a mango tree
He held my face in his palms
And put his lips on mine.
Fragrance of freshly dropped rain on hot earth
Surged in my palate
I was tasting cloud.
“ That’s how you kiss a girl.”
He whispered in my ear.