As February is the month of Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) we decided to do our 16th #KHIBookSwap meeting at KLF. Our topic was ‘Share Your Writings’, where our members shared their prose or poetry with us. If they did not write then they can share their favorite quotes from any book they like.
We all gathered in the garden area at Beach Luxury Hotel, where I met lots of new members including the one member who was there from Islamabad.
Maham was the first person to share her writing.
“All this time, I waited. Waited for you to pick up the pieces of me and put them together. To find the beauty that lay underneath my scarred skin. To trace the sharp edges left by tears and broken dreams, knowing that you could get cut.
But you never did. And oh, how it tore me apart.
But I see it now. How could I have been so selfish, so self-involved? Demanding my pain to be felt and eclipsing yours?
You’re just as broken as I am. Your scars run just as deep. They tell stories that no one ever bothered to hear. Leaving all things unsaid, unlived, etched onto your face.
And today I realized. How perfectly our broken pieces fit together. Our scars, combined, are beautiful. Our stories, our dreams, our words, lead each other to magical places.
And now I know, that being broken, is okay. It’s okay if we’re confused or lost. Because I know that we’ll find each other sooner or later. And that wanting to be loved, is okay. Because I know that you’ll love me as fiercely, as you taught me to love myself. “
Then Gulzaib shared her poetry
I was sorry after I struck him with my harsh words
His silence echoed in my heart
He kept on throwing his sweet pebbles on me
Unaware they were making a hole in me
Didn’t know my heart was absorbing those sweet, sweet pebbles
And making a path for him
The touch of his fingertips seemed even more accurate
His touch made my skin to soothe
After that fierce devouring affection it once touched
It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good
Wish I would’ve opened my door before
Now all I see is my reflection in his blood
It bleeds me from him
I drown at the bottom of the ocean in cold darkness again and again
Oh, stop a little please, I beg you to stop
Come back to me from distant shore
I promise it’ll be a course a centuries
Zeeshan shared few lines from his story ‘The Research’
“Jeremiah Dalton didn’t disappear, he slowly faded away. You disappear when people know you, or remember you. Jeremiah was never a popular man; in fact he was loathed by a lot of people.”
I shared my favorite quotes from different books
“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“Love is an act of faith in another person, not an act of surrender.”
― Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra
“There is only one sin. And that is theft… when you tell a lie; you steal someone’s right to the truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
“Love exists within each of us from the moment we are born and waits to be discovered from then on.”
― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love
“Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
It was a great meetup, met six new members at KLF. Very soon we will be launching our yearly magazine with all the writings shared by our members and other news of our book club.
Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap