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27 Apr

A Sweet Sixteen

A Sweet Sixteen


Khalida Bano Ali


Khalida Bano Ali (1950 - ) is an acclaimed Pakistani poetess. A housewife from Karachi, Miss Bano Ali is renowned for simple poems that resound with implications far beyond the scope of a woman’s life. The versatility of Bano Ali not just as a writer but also as a woman is copiously established in the diversity and profundity of her poetic utterances. “A Sweet Sixteen” bears ample testimony to her dexterity and craft. When a sixty-four year old poetess suggests that she is in her sweet sixteen, there is a lot to learn and appreciate in that. The poem suggests that age should be earned, not taken for granted, literally. Age is not just a number; it is a perspective and an attitude.


I am only forty eight,

I don't count the years before I met you,

My life started when I met you,

Or I am even younger than that,

Because I subtract the time passed,

That I lose due to your absence,

A careful calculation,

I passed only sixteen years with you,

So what's wrong,

If you find me only sixteen,

A sweet sixteen!

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