MEN MAINTAIN NEITHER POSSESSIONS NOR ETHNICITY"
(from the poem "No Ethnicity" below)
Dedicated to the Sophist Scientist
HAKIM (DR.) OMAR KHAYYAM
|Raise O Sweetheart come for the sake of my heart,
|Our difficulty with your beauty please do melt, At least a jug of wine we may drink, Before they...
|Whenever truth measures love, as heart soul do
|Love manifests friendship and friendship determines love
In Trance from *Aftab's Bar*
In the Path of Love: mystical romantic
"Like every new day for us are New Years
Aftab celebrates beautiful charms it offers
may go on, but love remember us today
New Years be around, us absent as mataphors."
Aftab Kazi December 31,
"If drunk by Magian's mystical drink, so I am,
Call me drunkard, lover whatsoever,
so I am,
Stop hatred in the garb of esoteric subnationalisms,
A Khayyam follower social scientist Aftab I am."
(Magi + Pro-Zoroastarian mythical belief later adapted
by other religions)
*MEDITATION WITH KHAYYAM*
"Khayyam, I wish you were here creating
New chapters shy beginnings and romance files,
Inscribed with tears and forever beautiful smiles,
of love freedom and hypocrite love crimes."
"Friend, we have experienced together
Love splendors pleasure pain love-longing sorrows,
Khayyam observes everything from Beauty to Beloved,
through your thoughtful thirsty wandering eyes."
SCIENCE OF LOVE*
experiments in the Heart's rational romance laboratories
Aftab explores Love science, mysterious sweet-scented hypotheses
blocks reasoning, subverts applied methodology adulation factors
Deduction induction evade affections, theoretical quixotic
|Aftab may appear an elite, he is made of dust
|Accomplishments always tell Aftab, so what
"False promises tarnished love's image in the Tavern
Dichotomic charms never attract true lovers again
How long hearts be deceived in Aftab's Little
Humble often determine
Might's fate now and then."
"Motives determine love relationship future
you responsible for failure
Greed destroyed many Love did so to Aftab
Heavenly cruelty how long life may nurture!"
looks, beautiful words, fake professional grace
Disingenuous play constantly games with a different
Well-worded ugly interpretations contaminate genuineness
Bar regulars value truth with heavenly elegance.”
“Come celebrate, pleasure pain true
Although apart, longing exhibits sincere connection
Aftab cherishes beauty love pleasure even imperfect
Unconditional determines love relationship perfection.”
(All quatrains, poems and other material on
this site are copyrighted with the Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; not allowed for any purpose in any
form other than the personal use by poetry lovers and admireres of Omar Khayyam.)
Thank you for visiting My
Little World. Presented here are some mystical-romantic quatrains and poems of mine inspired by the poetry
of my role model Hakim (Dr.) Omar Khayyam (1048-1131 C.E.) celebrated sophist scientist and poet-scholar of the then political-cum-
cultural Central and Southwest Eurasia. Khayyam's poetry, philosophy, unambitious and unpretencious personal character and
his worldview has influenced my life considerably. With kind regards, Aftab
For Bukhara Love
"Ah! International politics intervening creating new walls
Lovers separated suffer more behind New Cold War walls
Life's short, great games long, unknown fate decreed
Beloved write a Will, buried next to Aftab's tomb walls."
*THE TSUNAMI OF HEART*
"You promised to return celebrate my birthday
Knowing not you'll depart this world same day
Aftab's Little World doors are always open for you
Come love in dreams celebrate our souls someday."
*IMPOTENCY OF THE WORLD*
"Wasn't easy to materialize dreams near so perfect
Destiny drowned reality, who's fault is it?
Aftab searches love images in tavern to start afresh
World lacking logic and reason, who's fault is it?"
*LIFE IN THE ARMS OF BELOVED*
"Fate arranged soulmates' reunion in the world of Beloved
A great birthday present bringing with the beautiful Beloved
Just as Aftab breathed life afresh in the arms of Beloved
Life heralded time's up, go back to the old soul world."
"Can we touch souls
once again my beautiful Bukhara love
Separation overshadowed passion our promises of love
Your sweet kisses smiles and
tears remain permanently in Heart
Aftab desires fresh start, staying the familiar old path of Love".
ON THE ASSASSINATION OF BENAZIR BHUTTO
Ahead Ashiq's path deadly dangers await
Right fire left water and love-longing; challenges wait!
Destined decisions fate is assigned to implement
Aftab can't comprehend Beloved's mystical mysteries".
(Ashiq= Lover in love of the love at an advanced stage)
"Heart bleeds, soul is confused O Benazir
Beloved charismatic leader of Pakistan O Benazir
Like your great father you followed martyrdom
Many sad New Years Aftab without Benazir"
December 28, 2007 (Great Soul Departed on December 27)
Graceful Beloved hasn't remembered love recently
Aftab apologizes possible inadvertent mistakes mighty
Treasure our memories as Healer for future life
Amid unkind cruel comedies, they may come handy."
"Don't worry about fate, life here and after goes on
Fill Aftab's creamated dust jar with Cabernet Sauvignon
Dust must be intoxicated before spurred in Indus waters
Soul must be relaxed from love pain when life went on."
*TRUE AND FALSE*
"Don't blame bibbers, mullah, priest, rabbi others
Hypocrite world order distincts among true and false
Aftab never entertained ambitions of Heavon or Hell
Life rich with love, transition assures more smiles."
"Love-longing answered, love with love reciprocated
All gracious and kind is the sweetest rosy Beloved
Aftab happily sips from her lips the red ruby wine
Bless Lord all lovers with affections accomplished."
"Moon of many moons, the human moon of heart
Silently spreads moonbeams, your smiles reflect
You and Aftab are tourists in worldly caravansrai
Appreciate now, love seasons always are very short."
*IN A SILK-ROAD CAFE*
"In a Silk-route garden cafe surounded by flowers
With fairy-like friend; Aftab takes her hand in hands
Saki or waitress serves smiles with food and drinks
Lucky us, worldly caravansrais care about love less."
*MOMENT OF LOVE*
"Don't hang around Beloved is not found every where
Flames may float inside, desire fulfills very slow
A moment of love equals a lifetime yet counts very low
Like Phoenix dies regrows, Aftab searches himself in Love."
"All of my professors one by one continue to depart
Who gracefuly shared knowledge, insights so smart
Aftab, share poems with your students over cups of wine
Who may remember their professor, lying in the dust lot."
Letters of the Soul
THE POEM *NO ETHNICITY*
"Born and raised son of the Indus he was,
Adapted by Ohio Allegheny and Ohioghenny rivers,
To educate him
at the University of Pittsburgh.
Potomac's adapted eclectic son is now hosted by,
Weisse Elster im Universität
Leipzig and Johns Hopkins,
Loved by Oxus Jaxarte Jehlem Chenab rivers.
Intercultural and international soul that
After researching many years ethnicity nationalisms,
Denounces these prejudiced sources of conflicts.
Sindhi yet an "Outcast" in Sindhi community of North America,
Popular among Gods Goddeses Asian African European,
by Caucasian Spanish Indian and African-American.
Ethnopolitical hatred is perennial poison to world society,
denounced the parochial ethnoreligious subnationalisms,
'Free men maintain
neither possessions nor ethnicity'."
(NOTE: The advice of Ms. Silke Schilder [Berlin]
and Dr. Gerd Strüblert [Leipzig] about rivers in Germany is gratefully appreciated. Dr. Strüblert very kindly explained
the importance of Weise Elster, great scenic river, which gracefully flows by the Clara Zetkin Park in
lovely and schön (beautiful) Leipzig. I feel honored to have spent a few precious years at the University of Leipzig.
This time-period was instrumental in the awaking of the mystical faculty of my mind. AK)
"Some find ugliness in beauty, others cultivate
Destiny designed this soul as bonded
slave of love
Aftab may appear elite, he's made of dust , a nobody
Weavers don't know hatred jealousy's nerve."
*LIFE FLIES AWAY*
adorables unfaithfully astray,
Beauty's charm in body-form, subjected to decay,
You and Aftab, flowers stars will duplicate
Love fragrance and longing, formless Soul eternally stay."
*LISTEN TO HEART*
"Your beautiful face
rosy lips and this red ruby wine,
You and Aftab human goblets will be dust with passing time,
Listen to Heart don't
confuse Soul, why argue by Mind?
Love-longing in my verses, few more moons remain to shine."
of the mankind civilization or culture,
Luckily we spend little time in enigmatic infinite sphere,
Aftab knows to stop
time momentarily playing as best kisser,
Endearing infidel whatever, best kisses expect no future."
*MADRID RAILWAY BOMBING*
one still healing, new one wounded heart O Madrid,
This spring flowers won't smell perfume O Madrid,
Pages of love been
torn from the life's notebook Aftab;
Write afresh amorously, the curricula of love O Madrid."
"When will you learn to heal hearts with a smile?
Without love, human rights businesses are futile!
Aftab expects nothing from earth, only gives and loves,
Beauty without grace causes heart-quakes senile."
(Aftab = Sun)
*ISTANBUL SYNAGOGUE BOMBING*
terrorization deprivation bombings self-suicide,
Synagogue mosque mandir church, all temples are mine,
Aftab is Love,
worships agnostic religious all human kinds,
Tavern demands drunkenness, sipping sweet love-wine Divine."
"Let George Bush, Jr. worry about Bin Ladin Afghanistan
Aftab is already entangled with indecisive ignorant
New Great Game continues inside heart continents
Soul bleeds apar in romantic and geopolitical heartlands
(REF.: 1. "PiAr" means love in some Central/South
Asian languages. 2) Halford Mackinder's theory (1904), i.e. The Pivot of History.)
"Spring is known to bloom fire flowers
often so historically,
You and I are nobodies, power
politics red unruly stingy,
Aftab escaped happiness and sorrow
sipping red ruby Wine,
Love smiles and tears drown together,
Goblet itself a mystery."
come more lifetimes of love to share,
Make love religiously satisficing to heart's desire,
Life's party borrowed moments,
happiness a Divine secret,
Aftab must be drunk with love to reenter old dusty sphere."
*HOW MANY TIMES?*
"How many times
do you break loving hearts every year?
How many times do you fall in new love every year?
Aftab is still picking heart
pieces reconstructing himself,
Hoping Sweetheart's lovely smiles eternally every year."
*SEASONS OF HEART*
arrived, winter continues not gone,
Pages of life turned, desired dawn must yet arrive,
O Heart do not despair,
if sweetheart changed her mind,
Love seasons bring anew, roses thorns in Aftab's sphere."
*FRIEND ENJOY LOVE SEASONS*
join me, let us treat heart's penetrating griefs,
Clear hurt with Conchaytoro, wipe torment with wine sips,
at gestures of the delicate figured in Taverna,
Enjoys elixir; wishes heart-breakers heal own sorrows regrets."
"Beauties myriad around
with lonely hearts torn apart,
Sun beams fulfilled Sweetheart to shine Aftab's heart,
Capriciously giving, kindly Love
expects naught in return,
Soul mends in compassion, broken hearts romance fine art."
(Aftab means Sun in the
*FATE WRITING ARTIST*
return your kindness, tell me O pleasant Artist?
Independent as you are, a magnificent work of Art,
in love mine, infatuation in spiritual Rhine,
Why create love-scenes? Reject then passionate pictorial Art?"
beautiful Artist can you reflect the painstakingness of heart in Art?
Have you crafted ever the canvass of pleasant yet
Depicted love-longing in the language of helpless nostalgic heart?
Has any enflamed your heart, if
not find from mystical Aftab."
"O Fate-writer, can your artistry reflect the painstakingness of heart?
canvass complimented with the art of winning a loving heart?
Appreciate roses thorns in love path longing lonesome vacant
Friend if not, learn from Aftab pleasure pain processes heartistically."
*NEITHER YOU NOR I*
"Neither You nor I may understand pleasure pain heart-soul hurt mystery,
Aftab's longing your ignoring yet remembering in fashion so very friendly,
Geopolinomics be playing, hindering love desires dreams and passions,
Whenever realized, neither You nor I be around admire love amorously."
*HAPPY NEW YEAR*
"New Year brought
your happy message in true friendly sense,
You and Aftab felt incomplete without each other affectionate,
Truth measures love phases the way heart soul do,
Love manifests friendship and friendship determines Love."
"It may look late, but
memories never age,
Love and life images constantly may change,
Aftab knows, Sweetheart neither changes nor will age,
perceive vintage through Beloved's own eyes."
*PEACE: A LOVERS' DREAM*
of mind heart or world like a seasonal idealist flu,
Romantic social or political great games in forms continue,
knew, You cannot fulfill love demands romance dreams,
Although heart dearly desired, it longed to be loved by You."
walk away from all creeds called religions,
Garbed as non-violence even Sufism smells extremisms,
Khayyam, if Aftab
is not a Sufi by their hypocrite politicized way,
Violence follows in variety, fate of rinds(1) and regions."
(REF. 1. Rind= A
libertine mystic/an independent thinker)
*LIFE AND DEATH*
"Searching all around Soul returned with some
Nothing lays in-between the existence non-existence matters,
Advanced souls know Aftab existence within non-existence,
a form of sleep, non-existence is immortal silence."
"Gulu's Mother are you proud? Gulu dehumanizes Sufism,
Insults Latif Sachal, politicizes
violence esoteric subnationalism,
Abuses knowledge, preaches bigotry copying pseudo-intellectualism,
Aftab forsees Sindhis
suffering, O Gulu your raw cultural chauvinism."
(Gulu is a name, short for Gul (flower) or Gulab (rose) ; Latif and Sachal are the 18th century
AD mystical poet saints of the lower Indus Basin (SINDHU as the indigenous people call it)
*THE CASTE SYSTEM*
be kind to Castes called Dalits Shuders,
Beloved's Creation loves God by Heart like us amongst themselves,
you be happy against your own will or humane desire,
If reincarnation randomly destined life back amongst Dalits Shuders."
(REF. 1. Bhai= Brother; Dalit Shuders= Lower castes in India)
"Real World so strange!
Advanced learning often reverses roles,
Experts easily change opinion, thanks to operating lobbying chores,
geopolinomic methodologies, yet policies regress quality more,
Objectivity orphanors, Aftab when media masterminds political
"If you've become a popular politician, so what?
Even an insecure restless billionaire,
Money and power never help anyone escape Death!
Accomplishments always tell Aftab, so what?"
AMERICA'S NOBEL PRIZE
"Friends Felicitate, foes
forget the Honor for America
Obama glorious President of America
Nobel prize will noble, humble critics' confused hearts
Aftab in sky celebrates anew, rejunevate America."
“Respect the Honorable role fate have you assigned
misperceptions lobbying groups have designed
Make history; not what chroniclers may make of you
Bar wisdom might strike versatile enlightened.”
“Whence the charm that once sparked romantic hearts?
Arrogance never wins before dignified loving hearts
Free souls celebrate confident in Aftab’s little universe
Love path safer again; Congratulations loving hearts”.
"Wasn't easy to write
dissertations explain phenomenons
Scholarship often fears hypocrite's subjective notions
Professor told Aftab objectivity makes and shakes careers
Goblet clarified, intellect can also resemble
BIOGRAPHIC NOTE: Aftab is a
political scientist, currently a senior fellow of the Johns Hopkins University's Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
& Silk Road Studies Program and the Institute of Security and Development Policy Stockholm Joint Center at the Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. He is also a Senior Associate of the Cornell
Caspian Consulting (Sweden), and a fellow of the Institute of Political Science, University of Leipzig (Germany) completing
his advanced study dissertation. Recently, he served for a year as Higher Education Commission Foreign Professor at the
Faculty of Contemporary Studies, National Defense University of Pakistan and Department of International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam
University in Islamabad. He also spent approximately two years as professor of International & Comparative
Politics at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic). Formerly, he served as a civil
service officer in the United States Department of Education. In December 2004 and 2007, Aftab was invited among the independent
international observers by the Republic of Uzbekistan to monitor the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections respectively.
While in the U.S. government, Aftab served simultaneously as a visiting faculty in various national and international
universities and for scholarly activities was honored as Unsung*Hero by the President's Council on Management Improvement
and Voluntary Service.. His national and international appointments (Professor, research scientist, fellow, senior fellow,
associate, senior lecturer, lecturer etc.) include the University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Howard University,
Bukhara State University (Uzbekistan), University of Maiduguri (Nigeria), University of Sindh (Pakistan) and the Institute
of Strategic Studies, Islamabad. At the University of Sindh, he also served as chief executive assistant to Vice Chanecellor
on the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor, besides roles such as acting director Pakistan Studies Center; acting dean, Faculty
of Education; coordinator, Non-formal Education Program, and as professor of International Relations/Studies. He is the founder
and first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian and African Affairs (1988-94) renamed as Journal of Third World Spectrum
since 1995. Aftab holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in International and Peace Studies from the
University of Pittsburgh with an interdisciplinary specialization in comparative and international history and politics; conflict,
peace and security studies; international development education and cultural diplomacy. His research mainly focused on ethnicity
and nationalism (esp. Indus basin/Pakistan and Central Asia); education, foreign and security policies in and between the
United States, Pakistan, Central and Southwest Asia. Other research contributions include areas related to geopolinomics,
transit-route politics, civil-military relations, nation and state-building, and political behavior and political development
(esp. political socialization and stratification). Prior to completing doctorate, Aftab studied economics and international
relations at the University of Sindh (Pakistan). He has conceptualized the history of Pakistan as an Indus River Basin State,
focusing upon the geopolitical relationships between Central and Southwest Asia. Also, he has contributed to the study of
politics and education, non-formal and distance education, development administration and Federal grants management in United
States. < FONT>
PUBLICATIONS: Aftab has authored two books, i.e. Ethnicity and Education in Nation-building: Case of Pakistan and The
Politics of Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan, beside several articles in his various fields of specialization.
Currently, he is nearing completion of a forthcoming book End of Geopolitics and the Beginnings
of Geopolinomics: United States in Central and Southwest Asia". Also, he is simultaneously
working on another book Geopolitical History of Central and South Asia focusing
upon the intercultural and international relationships between Central and South Asia from an evolutionarly to the present
day power politics, a passion he developed during his early twenty's as a graduate student, while studying for his
Master of Arts degree in International Relations/History at the University of Sindh. While at the American University
of Cental Asia, he designed and developed a course Geopolitical History of Central and South Asia
, based upon his personal lifetime study. experience and nuances, the course is copyrighted with he office of copyrights,
Library of Congress, Washinton, DC, USA.