'The World is Ending' by Kashif Ilyas
Nobody told me the world was going to end today
I am having my regular black coffee with toast
While secluded in my room
Diligently working on my incomprehensible poems
The ones that future critics and readers will adore
No one bothers to knock at my door
Inform me what everyone else has already seen on the news
I have always observed a lack of courtesy in my fellow man
Perhaps this is why the world is ending.
Copyright. Kashif Ilyas.
Kashif Ilyas is currently a research scholar in the Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, India. His poetry has previously been published in the literary journals The Poet, With Painted Words and Global Poemic: Kindred Voices on the Era of COVID-19. His work has also appeared in the anthologies Lockdown 2020 and Musings During a Time of Pandemic.