The Tower Journal

Rehan Qayoom


Day Like Any Other

This day like any other
Unreal, surreal, purefined
The book stacks still there
The concomitant
clock’s hands fall with sunsets
Ticking the heat out
Imagine a box-full of books

Suddenly, we were a new world
My real world, my only lonely
My empty
Desolate waste, but not the bright desultory, lengthy white-walled corridor to
A void
The pretty white city

This day like any other
This life you wanted, now
That box-full of books




Copyright © 2016 Rehan Qayoom


Rehan Qayoom is a poet of English and Urdu, editor, translator and archivist. Educated at Birkbeck College, University of London, he has featured in numerous literary publications and performed his work internationally. He is the author of 2 books of poetry and several works of prose and criticism. He lives in London.

The Tower Journal
Winter  2016