Dr Javed Latoo is a senior medical practitioner based in the UK. In his spare time, Dr Latoo writes poetry. His poems have been published in literary magazines and journals ( both print and online) as well as in an anthology. His maiden collection “Gushing Fountain: A Collection of Poems” was published in 2015. Dr Latoo likes to use poetry to explore mental health and philosophy. He edits a project called “The Beautiful Space- A Journal of Mind, Art and Poetry.”

You are always with me

You are always with me
During my joys, during my grief
Like my breath, like my heartbeat
Like the marrow in my bones
Unlike the soul that abandons during the sleep.
Despite all space
All mountains, all seas spread between us
I carry you as a cask of memories
As a vial of saffron leaves
As a packet of Nun Chai leaves
As a collection of souvenirs
As a playlist of folk songs.
I remember you everywhere…..
In every meadow
During every snowfall.
I see you everywhere…
On the forehead of every mountain
On the face of every lake
On the leaf of every Chinar tree. I see you
In the language of my college friends
Their jokes, their dreams,
In my mother’s dress, in her tea, in her worries.
Where ever I drift
Where ever I run
I return to you
Like a wave at the shore returns to a sea.

(Kasher Mulaqaat- London 2018)