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School Kids of Bandra Bazar Road

School Kids of Bandra Bazar Road, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,155 items / 1,050,833 views

these are kids going to school
with hope in their eyes i
love to shoot as their
school bus passes
my camera route
they watch me silently
dont know what is afoot
but with marziya
watching them too
they think she
is far too cute
these are children
who honed
my photographic skills
my poetic pursuit

Observation The Greatest Tool Of Street Photography

Observation The Greatest Tool Of Street Photography, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,152 items / 1,050,712 views

In all humility without trying to over reach my singular aspiration of making Marziya a good photographer I have shown her life as I would see it through a camera lens.

And because Marziya is an observant child with great creativity of mind it is a pleasure and an an added learning experience playing the role of her Guru.

Even child needs a Guru , Marziya is stuck at two and a half years old and in November will hit 3.

We walk the roads she watches everything, she is not afraid and I took her to the butchers shop to see her reaction it was beyond her she has been to the fish market and already seen fish being cut and cleaned.

I have of course kept her away from the actual butchering that takes place of the live goat during Bakra Idd.

Because I make her shoot what I would be shooting , she realizes situations that we call street photography.,

Street photogr…

Minimalist Art of Wisdom

Minimalist Art of Wisdom, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,151 items / 1,050,551 views

she inspires
me to shoot poems
as pictures
sometimes
as words
they show
minimalist
art of wisdom
besides
everything else
you know
like a banyan tree
of kindness and concern
branches as roots
that overflow
heart beats
on a skipping rope
rhythmic
to and fro
when the winds
of fortune
from my windows
to your window flows
life in a nutshell
is a moment
at the shore
waves that
wash you clean
sometimes
high and low

to
William Poczatek

Jesus Leads The Way

Jesus Leads The Way, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,148 items / 1,050,508 views

"We don't own Mother Earth, we borrow her from our children"
Crazy Horse

children
are beyond
religiosity
he gives
her way
he was
human
once
a little
child
in a cradle
made
of hay
looking
into the eyes
of three
wise men
one day
now
much older
going gray
its with
children
he loves to play
he is fond
of muslim
children
he sees them
running
to the mosque
5 times a day
his own
children
have no time
they come to
see him
only on Sunday
Easter
Xmas
or New Years Day
Jesus
is Humanity
they say
so they
crucified him
to wash
their sins away

dedicated to American human poet Ray Lucero

The Story of Bandra A Room With A View

The Story of Bandra A Room With A View, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,147 items / 1,050,501 views

We see this view every morning and one fine day we might not be seeing it again as we are planning to relocate for the greater good of our expanding family and other unavoidable issues of urban survival.

Once a Mumbaikar always a Mumbaikar so thinking of moving out from throb of a city that we have lived since long is not possible , but somewhere close by in the surrounding suburbs.

Bandra Reclamation is a developing area of Bandra very central close to the Sea Link and the Bazar and the main SV road via the bridge you see in the picture .

The open lush ground is a common open toilet for those that have encroached the periphery and slums and shanties abound thanks to apathy and corruption of people concerned everyone is aware of it but do we really care.It has political patronage of all parties this huge segment of illegal settlers is what is called the Vote Bank.

T…

Gone With The Winds

Gone With The Winds, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,147 items / 1,050,497 views

she is sad
disheartened
disillusioned
compassionately
she shuts her ears
as sounds of frenzy
an orchestra of chaos
around her pierces
her aging wrinkled soul
like a barrage of spears
on the little booklet
of hanuman chalisya
she shed tears

Pavan Tanay Sankat Harana Mangala Murati Roop
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahita Hriday Basahu Soor hoop

as her end nears
what was once hers
has all disappeared
nothing remains
lost hopes
lost moments of joy
over the years
a silhouette of sadness
lost frontiers

Facebook Is a Transit Lounge

Facebook Is a Transit Lounge, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,146 items / 1,050,489 views

facebook
is a transit lounge
crumbs
from friends
as hope
you scrounge
when the bells toll
you come around

an unknown zone
beyond
page cannot be displayed
page cannot be found
like a pebble on a shore
violent waves
could not drown
a home at last
it has found
on the miseries
of a mound
a karmic circle
a wheel of wisdom
going round and round

Facebook Is a Transit Lounge

Facebook Is a Transit Lounge, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,146 items / 1,050,489 views

facebook
is a transit lounge
crumbs
from friends
as hope
you scrounge
when the bells toll
you come around

an unknown zone
beyond
page cannot be displayed
page cannot be found
like a pebble on a shore
violent waves
could not drown
a home at last
it has found
on the miseries
of a mound
a karmic circle
a wheel of wisdom
going round and round

Good Days Will Return

Good Days Will Return, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,145 items / 1,050,483 views


within
the ashes
of despair
lies a tear
of hope
in the urn
it takes
two hands to clap
kindness and concern
like a zenith
in the flames
we shape others
before we burn
humility
humanity
you simply
cannot spurn
beneath
the shade
of a childs
umbrella
lies
our future
in good turn
sometimes
wisdom '
from little minds
we learn
no hate
no animosity
no ill will
just goodwill
our own
childhood
basking
in the sun
a better
tomorrow
a world
without borders
is a world
our children yearn

hazar khwaishen
kyon na ho
mannavta
se bada nahi
koie dhan
hindu
muslim
christian
we are
human
we are one

yeh sali zindagi
budhapa aur bachpan

The Silhouette of the Hijab

The Silhouette of the Hijab, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,145 items / 1,050,208 views

the muslim
beggar womans
life is a curse
protected
within the soul
of a hijab
it could have
been worse
more painful
adverse
poetic pathos
a pain more
perverse
muslim
society
has no
qualms
her pain
it will not
reimburse
her journey
on her own
she has
to traverse
dependent
on alms
that fall
from another
persons purse

The Muslim Beggar Woman On Hill Road

The Muslim Beggar Woman On Hill Road, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,144 items / 1,050,186 views


she was
begging
from shop to shop
i froze her for a
second all time
stopped
her soul
i could no crop
a picture
of human
despair
the silhouette
of the hijab
on the top
muslim
beggar womans
pain non stop
going round and round
like a spinning top

Jesus Loves The Rains

Jesus Loves The Rains, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. waters of life
gurgling
struggling
entering
choked
up drains
mosquitoes
making love
to human flesh
staring a
malarial
karmic chain
sometimes
a mosquito
bite instead
of the body
affects
the brain
a few
unpublished
poems
sepia toned
tattered picture
of a lover
part of your
new journeys
lat remains
it would have been
a more media savvy death
instead of malaria
if you had cut
off your jugular vein
or drank tik 20
or jumped from
peninsular tower
or banged your
head against
a speeding train
for once and all
a death
without complains

This Goat Is On Hire

This Goat Is On Hire, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,144 items / 1,050,175 views

searching
for a soul mate
to her hearts desire
this goat is on hire
hiding away
from the butcher
who is bloodthirsty
pan eating liar
in a ricksha
her poetic
soul on fire
a romantic goat
of chinchpokli road
her pain
her loneliness
lovelorn emotions
she shares through
the internet wires
a nice handsome
john abraham
like butt horny
male goat
she requires
drooling
cooling her
goats mind
full of day dreams
her scintillating eyes
like yellow sapphires

The Earth Beneath Their Feet

The Earth Beneath Their Feet, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,144 items / 1,050,166 views

a tender
soul on
concrete
kissing
with their
soles
moments
raw off beat
shot by a poet
barefeet
if a picture
is not a poem
if the poem
is not a picture
than my blog
is incomplete
i am what i am
my angst
my anguish
my karma
my dharma
i could not cheat
dust to dust
ashes to ashes
diabetic flesh
maggots worms
succinctly
tersely
as morsels
of words
will eat
dust and heat

This Is Human Pain It Lives On The Streets

This Is Human Pain It Lives On The Streets, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. from the suffocating soul
of his winding sheet
you can see his bare feet
death is too scared
to touch him
in this dark street
a living dead
on concrete
his malarial flesh
even rodents
wont eat

Jesus Has Bought A Digital Camera

Jesus Has Bought A Digital Camera, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. 136,145 items / 1,050,099 views

jesus has a miniature
digital camera you cannot see
after seeing me taking pictures
jesus too learnt photography
so jesus shoots pain
that passes him by
on the periphery
the beggars
the poor folks
the hijras
all collectively
we call humanity
but jesus unlike
a street photographer
heals hears their plea
their captive soul
he sets free
instead of alms
he gives them hope
of an eternity
though just the other day
jesus whispered in my ears
a blogger
too he would like to be
like fred miller
roland luthi
a bit of a poet
like anthony posey
or like benn bell
calm as tea cozy

Jesus Is Pained

Jesus Is Pained, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. This genre I call Jesus poetry and it is comes as I see the visual after having uploaded it on Flickr before when I took the shot it was a just simple street shot and nothing else.

jesus
was telling me
just the other day
very pained
sounding unwell
he was hurt
that the principal
of a Kolkatta school
would continue
after a child
due to corporeal
punishment
hung himself
a thought
inhuman and cruel
but such is our system'
of education
within a schools bell
a child's death knell
making his life
'a living hell
so he takes
a short cut
his friends
his teachers
he bids farewell
honestly if this
is the outcome
of our education
than lucky
the little urchin
who clean cars
at traffic signal
at least
he is alive
not caned
for being
a rebel
even if
they honk
shout and yell

Jesus Calls Out To The Cyclist

Jesus Calls Out To The Cyclist, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. most of the time
jesus gets lonely
in our midst
he yearns
for company
to talk
to listen
to advise
he loves to
assist
two hands
it takes
when you
co exist
so from
the cage
of his
captivity
he calls out
to the cyclist
a bhaiyya
very angry
very pissed
because
he is accused
of killing 30000
people
in one year for
spreading malaria
a story of politics
of regional
appeasement
with a twist
not just
the bhaiyya
but with this
atrocious
ludicrous
thought
in sheer bad taste
the soul
of Amchi Mumbai
gets hit

Marziya The Unhidden Soul of My Camera

Marziya The Unhidden Soul of My Camera, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. Marziya
is an enigma
to me as a
poet
as a
photographer
as her grand pa
a scintillating
diamond
without flaw
when i am
down
dead beat
drowning
in my depression
i cling to her
smile like straw
marziya a gift
a present
to me by
my daughter
in law
a daughter
actually
she calls
me papa
marziya
an upcoming
photographer too
her street pictures
taken with the Nikon D80
on facebook flickr you saw
marziya shakir
thanks to uncle assad
is also learning to draw
marziya shakir
madly in love
with her grand ma
my wife a fighter
who 33 years back
married this
crazy
poet
outlaw