Lahore, how I love thee

By  ET:

I may not have seen the whole world yet,

But I have seen a lot of it.

Sure, I left my heart in Paris,

Yes I lost my self,

Wandering the sloping streets of San Francisco

True, my mind found solace at the top of Mont Blanc

Yet, my soul will always belong to Lahore

The city that still captivates me, like no other

Maybe I’m biased; maybe it is nostalgia,

But when I am in Lahore, my soul is alive,

The whole city pulsates with unabashed life

The sounds of New York,

The lights of Hollywood,

Even the grandiose of Las Vegas,


Nothing compares to this city of my childhood,

The city where my soul sings,

The air in Lahore,

Smells like a thousand rainbows of my childhood.

So what,

If that scent now has traces of gunfire in it?

The sunrise in Lahore,

Has colours like no other,

So what,

If those colours are now tainted with innocent blood?

The sound of a dozen Azans at once still leave me spellbound.

Even though I now hear,

Echoing with Allah-u-Akbar,

The wails of mothers who lost their sons

Yet, my soul refuses to let go,

It pulls me back to this city,

Again and again. And again.

This bloodied and broken;

Impossibly majestic city of mine;


You are home to my soul, may you survive and thrive.

For my soul will forever, belong to you.

11 responses to “Lahore, how I love thee

  1. This gave me goosebumps. I now live in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, Rio de Janeiro, but my heart pines for Lahore all the time.

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  3. Abdullah imtiaz

    no one has loved LAHORE more than me, it talks with me every night i wander on the roads, streets and specially deeply in love with that cannon opposite to NCA “bhangia wali top”

  4. Good nostalgia. We still have space for few hundered thousand , all those who miss Lahore too much, just buy a one way ticket and come.

  5. Ranpreet Singh Bal


  6. Lahore Lahore aae! 🙂 Great piece of poetry.

  7. Awesome!
    Lahore no doubt is a City full of Colours and Life

  8. It is a beautiful, a somewhat nostalgic memento, a lovely, lively poem or verse … but don’t forget That Was Lahore That Was. More recently it has been turned (hopefully for the time being, temporarily, I presume) from Lahore to LawWhore.

  9. This above Massage/Message contains ONE typo which is, very much verily = One Iqbal Geoffrey Painting/Paint Thing/ PainThink, et cetera etcetera etc…

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