It is only recent that I've begun reading your work. I never would have found if had you not come to visit my poetry first. You honored me with your words and now I would like to honor you with my own. Your writings thrill me to the marrow. You speak of peace, love strength and unity for all on this globe. You write the words you live. You love the thought of goodness in all. You see it, and only when a person can see, can such things be possible. Afzal, you are a weaver. Your words are the threads and you pen in the loom. You weave your words deliberately to form a tapestry of warmth for all people to hear. Words for humanity to live by. You remind me of any other great weaver by the name of Ugonna Wachuku. He is also on Post Poems. Men as great as you both should know each other. Weavers from all sides of the world need to unite with one another to spread the tapestry. You are so intelligent Afzal, that you not only write and speak, but you take action by reaching out, reaching out to others to recognize them and their skills, you reach out to wake us up again from out sleep which sometimes the world puts us in. You say, "Wake Up, Wake Up My Friend! Wake Up once again because you have so much to offer me and others!" Afzal you are a good human, a good man. God Bless you for waking me up again from my slumber and reminding me that I have work to do again. I must begin weaving once again. Thank you my friend Afzal, for finding me.
When I finished reading Empty Swing, the line where the locket hangs about the neck clearly represented to me the empty lump in ones throat when it's realized a love hoped for is not to be. Beautiful analogy Afzal, you always come through with great visual affects and strong emotions with your writings. You are greatly talented and I hope you continue writing because it is certain you validate many people, as well as teach them about themselves and others. Words open the world my friend. Great Job!
Afzal Shauq, Regretfully my time is so short that I will not be able to complete an essay on your works. I wish I would have started reading your work a long time ago that would have allowed it to sink deeply into my soul where it would then overflow into words on paper in response. Be well and continue on with getting your book published. I am proud of you and what you do. God Bless to you Afzal
I am proud of you and what you do. God Bless to you Afzal.
Valerie K. Jochum