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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUTHOR, MUHAMMAD NAVEED AHMED, PEN NAME:EMMENAY OWNS ALL THE COPYRIGHTS OF ALL HIS POEMS PUBLISHED HERE. AUTHOR, AWARD WINNING INTERNATIONAL POET, RESEARCHER AND AN ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL PRINT/TV/INTERNET JOURNALIST, Muhammad Naveed Ahmed (whose pen name is Emmenay) was born on the 16th of December. He is the first of six children born to Muzaffar Ahmed and Fatima Qudsia Ahmed. He got his early education at two different schools in Rawalpindi notably the P.A.F. Model School, Chaklala, which is now known as the P.A.F. College, Chaklala. He passed his matriculation exams from the school with a slot among the top three positions. He was declared as the 'Best Student' of the school as well as the 'Best Debator' and the 'Best Speaker'(English and Urdu). He was also in the school's hockey, cricket and judo teams; and Secretary of the P.A.F. Amateur Drama Society. Muhammad NAVEED Ahmed passed his F.Sc. and B.A. exams from the distinguished F.G. Sir Syed College, Rawalpindi and then got his Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan -- securing First Divisions in all. He won the All Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Centenary Celebrations Speech Contest with an extempore speech "The Quaid As I See Him" in 1976. He then sat for the tough Central Superior Services (CSS)Competitive Examination of the Federal Public Service Commission, Islamabad and passed the written, psychological tests and final interview and passed with an aggregate of 75 per cent marks. He has worked in almost all the major English language newspapers of Pakistan starting with 'The Muslim' in 1982. He also worked in 'Dawn' and 'The News International' holding senior editorial positions in both. He has been writing editorials, articles, short stories, poems and features from 1980 onwards on topics ranging from national politics and international affairs to sports, films and culture. He has also written film, drama and book reviews for 'The Nation', 'The Muslim', 'The Frontier Post', 'Dawn' and 'The News International'. He has also worked in the 'Gulf News' newspaper and the 'Gulf Weekly' in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He also edited the first 'Dubai Airshow' journal at the time of the first airshow in 1993. When contacted by well known journalist and politician Mushahid Hussain Sayed in the 1990s and offered a job as Senior Research Fellow in the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, Naveed opted to join the government's psy-warfare campaign aimed at supporting the freedom struggle of the Kashmiris in the occupied Indian territory. He spoke and wrote on the Kashmir issue at the Stimson Center's South Asia Internet Forum (SAIF), the Brookings Institution, the Asia Study Circle and the Dale Carnegie Institute for Peace, USA, during his stint as Senior Research Fellow affiliated with the Pakistan government's Ministry of Information in Islamabad. He also worked with well known social worker and gifted orator, Javed Jabbar, when he replaced Mushahid Hussain as the federal information minister in 1999-2000. Naveed is mostly known for his poems in English, his horror/detective short stories and his column "The Hindu-Jewish Conspiracy" published in 'The News International' in 2002. Naveed is the author of two books. One is a selected compilation of his poems titled "Unheard Melodies". The other is a informative research-oriented book: "Kashmir the Vailing Valley." Both the books were published from Islamabad, Pakistan, in 1999. The International Library of Poetry based in Maryland, Baltimore (USA), has published his poems in all its anthologies starting from 1997. His poems have also been brought out in the audio-CD format by the International Library of Poetry. He has been invited by the ILP to officiate as judge in the Annual Poetry Bash at New York's Radio City Hall starting 2000 onwards. He is featured in the International Poetry Hall of Fame of Maryland, Baltimore (USA). Naveed (Whose name is also spelt as NAVID) has collaborated in several haiku competitions with acclaimed U.S. poetess Deborah Russell and poet Michael Rehling since 2001. He is also a member of another well known American poet Michael Rehling's Haikuhut (www.haikuhut.com) and the Ameen Rihani International Foundation (USA). Naveed had a personal rapport with the well-known Pakistani poetess Parveen Shakir during and after his training at the Civil Services Academy in Lahore. He was also a long-distance friend of the late English poet Daud Kamal of Peshawar. Naveed firmly believes in human values, virtues, tolerance, friendship, love and the mystical significance of religion in leading an upright life. His poetry and prose reflect his approach on life and living. The poet's role model is Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). He also holds in high regard, the fourth Caliph of Islam, known as Ali bin Abu Talib along with Abu Bakr, Omar bin Khattab, Usman (Ali's predecessors in the era of the first caliphate rule of Islam. He also admires Fatima (Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) daughter and her two sons, Hasan and Hussain, especially Hussain, who was martyred at Karbala along with his followers, friends and several family members, in the 7th century of the Christian Era. Muhammad Naveed Ahmed (Emmenay) even holds Bilal (The first black Muslim in history) and Umar the Second (Umar bin Abdul Aziz) and all the saints and sufis of Islam, notably Sayyed Abdul Qadir Gilani (May God be pleased with him), in high esteem. The poet/journalist/researcher. also admires Salahuddin Ayyubi, famous in Christendom/Europe as SALADIN, Moghul Emperors of India -- Babar, Humayun and Akbar; Ashoka and Buddha, Chand Bibi (The Queen of Ahmadnagar, India, during Emperor Akbar's rule in the 16th century); the brave "Rani of Jhansi", Florence Nightingale; Joan of Arc; Madame Curie; Moghul Empress Noorjahan and Helen Keller, Mother Teresa and the Pakistani philantropist Abdus Sattar Edhi. Among personalities of the 20th-21st century, he admires Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy. He admires the legendary professional heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali (formerly known as Cassius Clay). His favourite sports heroes, apart from Muhammad Ali, are former Pakistani hockey players Islahuddin, Samiullah, Hassan Sardar; former cricketer Imran Khan, squash players Geoff Hunt and Jehangir Khan and former Middleweight boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. The author's favourite literary personalities are Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (Who, according to him, is the greatest Urdu poet to this day), Dr. Muhammmad Iqbal (Urdu poet of the 20th century); English poets William Shakespeare, John Keats, Emily Bronte, Alexander Pope, Thomas Gray William Wordsworth, Shelley, T.S. Eliott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Browning and Sylvia Plath. Among newspaper reporters and columnists he reads Art Buchwald, Suzanne Goldberg, Miles Kington and Robert Fisk. His favourite TV talkshow personalities/interviewers are Larry King (CNN), Tim Sebastian (BBC), anchor Sonia Russler (CNN), Zia Mohiuddin and Tariq Aziz (PTV). Among prose writers his favourites are the French novelist Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Somerset Maugham, Jerome K. Jerome, Maxim Gorky, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Nadine Godimer and Jeffrey Archer. Topping his list of favourites in the film and stage worlds of the Western side are actor Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, Johnny Weissumuller, Sir Alec Guinness, Buster Keaton, Danny Kaye, Michael Landon, Clint Eastwood, Hedy Lamarr, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell, Ingrid Bergman, Ava Gardner, Michael Landon, David Jansen, Lindsay Wagner, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Pacino, Roger Moore, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews and Bruce Lee. He also holds singers K.L. Saigal, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Roshan Ara Begum, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in high regard. His favourites in the pop genre are Al Stewart, Chris de Burgh, Kenny Rogers, the bands America, Abba, Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. The poet's favourite English poems are Alexander Pope's "Ode to Solitude"; Thomas Gray's "Elegy written in a country churchyard" and all of John Keats odes. His favourite novels are Les Miserables, Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights, The Hound of the Baskervilles, To Kill a Mockingbird and Jack Schaefer's western classic, Shane. He also has a penchant for Tuzk-e-Babri, Socrates works and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Emmenay is also a constantly evolving martial arts practitioner, with a leaning toward's the Chinese Wing-Chun style of Kung-Fu as well as Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do. He is skillful in using the Chinese weapon known as "nun-chakus" and other less known weapons used in martial arts. He has also been an amateur boxing champion -- having been inspired by Muhammad Ali of course! He emulates the classical style of boxing as vividly seen in the young and youthful Muhammad Ali in his peak days...especially dancing, shuffling, slipping punches and the later Ali's "Rope-A-Dope" and loves the sport even though he likes only boxers like James. J. Corbett (Gentleman Jim); Jack Johnson, Gene Tunney, Sugar Ray Robinson (Middleweight legend); Rocky Marciano and Sugar Ray Leonard. Among amateurs he likes the Cuban legends Teofilo Stevenson and Felix Savon. The poet's first ambition in life was to be as "great" as Muhammad Ali. However, despite remaining unbeaten, he obeyed his parents' advice and gave up on that cherished early "goal" of his... Muhammad Naveed Ahmed's (Emmenay's) hobbies are reading good books, photography, music and singing, amateur astronomy and watching movies especially the oldies. He believes in living for others especially his loved ones. MUHAMMAD NAVEED AHMED (EMMENAY) IS EVER THANKFUL GRATEFUL TO ALLAH (GOD) ALMIGHTY FOR HIS GUIDANCE, DIVINE LOVE AND MANY MANY MERCIES AND FAVOURS.... He adds further to his bio in his own words: "Only Allah, Lord of all worlds is worthy of praise." "Thanks to my mother and father for bringing me up properly, educating me and teaching me about life itself. Thanks to the land wherein I grew and prospered. Thanks to my brother and sisters with whom I spent my carefree childhood days. Thanks to my friends for standing by my side whenever the need arose. Thanks to loved ones for giving me joy and a purpose to live (Without which I would have become a hermit or a rebel). I have no particular name. You may call me Muhammad, Ahmed, Naveed/Navid or Emmenay, S. Jee, Jarod (The Pretender), Captain, Sir Jee, Bhai, or whatever you like (but nothing obscene or vulgar -- mind it! I would like to lead my life the way a good human being does. I wish I spend those days "when I am old and grey and full of sleep" in the way that was summarized by Alexander Pope in his "Ode to Solitude": "How happy he, who free from care The rage of courts, and noise of towns; Contented breaths his native air, In his own grounds. "Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire. "Blest! who can unconcern'dly find Hours, days, and years slide swift away, In health of body, peace of mind, Quiet by day. "Sound sleep by night; study and ease Together mix'd; sweet recreation, And innocence, which most does please, With meditation. "Thus let me live, unheard, unknown; Thus unlamented let me die; Steal from the world, and not a stone Tell where I lie." The author's e-books can be accessed and read at http://www.bookrix.org/-emmenay and also at other websites on the Internet. Of late...till March 13, 2013; the mature and God-gifted and God-blessed author-poet/journalist/researcher has won rave reviews and awards of Poetry.com and Poets.com. He has been honoured with the LEGENDARY POET badge and two gold medal pins as well as several cash prizes in poetry contests not only here at Poetry.com but also worldwide. At present the poet-author here is an active professional English journalist working for some of the world's leading and esteemed English newspapers as Editorial Board Member; Chief News Editor; Editor-Rewrite; Editor Production and Executive Producer in a leading independent (private) international television channel. Muhammad Naveed Ahmed, has also added ALI to his name. He says his ancestral paternal surname is ALI so he HAD to add it to his own name after AHMED. The humble guy honours The God Almighty ALLAH and says that it is ALLAH Who deserves all praise and thanks for making him an outstanding poet/writer/author/journalist/researcher/astronomer/numerologist/palmist and even a 'seer' who can foretell via intuition from Allah Almighty, several future events and happenings. These days Emmenay has turned to Sufism (Islamic mysticism). And...he winds it all up with the truth, in Arabic: ALHAMDULILLAHI RABBIL AALMEEN...which means: ALL PRAISE TO ALLAH - - THE LORD OF ALL WORLDS!

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Raindrops in the spring season, 
Drizzling from high above 
Teardrops during a party whirl, 
Hiding a broken vow. 

Four decades have passed me by, 
With memories of spring,  
The raindrops fall from the sky, 
But my eyes. ah, they can't cry! 

School days and all those friends, 
Have gone, have settled in life, 
While I am one of those souls: 
A stab of time's knife. 

Dark clouds and cold winds, 
Trigger a bygone scene, 
The girl who stole my heart, 
She Is not just a dream. 

What lovely times were those years, 
The joyous laughter with friends, 
Playing cricket, hockey and checkers, 
And my beloved girl in green. 

If Heathcliff* loved Katherine, 
And Troilus loved Cressida, 
Daphne is the girl I love 
Daphne: my fairest queen. 

Our love is still evergreen, 
Though she is now with God, 
So when the rain mingles with tears, 
Torn are my heart and spleen. 

The atmosphere gets darker now, 
Thunder and lightning dance, 
Thinking of her and missing her, 
I drench in the rain of love, 

"It will rain more" it is forecast, 
And snow will cover the hills, 
And I too know it will 'rain' more, 
I can't control my heart. 

Daphne, my beloved girl 
Was a rare one of her kind 
So beautiful inside and out 
The spring of my wintery mind. 

The years and the time have changed, 
And lust has replaced love, 
Barbs of sadness struck me deep, 
As it rained and rained....and rained.  

... continued
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Surviving with a heart,
Broken and bleeding,
The stillness of nights,
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Undefeated I am,
Giving up I know not,
Be it in life, love, fights.
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Snowy storms, harsh winds, 
Biting cold freezes life, 
Hearth of love nowhere... 

Uncertain days, 
Dark, damp and foggy nights, 
Clamp the lovelorn heart. 

When my fairest one, 
Was there, we did not care, 
Love would beat the cold. 

The times are hard now, 
Sans my loving Daphne* 
Yet I am happy... 

She is in God's Garden, 
Enriching my sweet dreams, 
She is THE Angel. 

Now I love my God, 
Winter fails to ruffle me, 
True love keeps me warm. 
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Blot out the hovering darkness,
With the power of true love,
Spread the Light of Muhammad*
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My yearning for true love
Has scaled the summits
It's now just me and God.
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Last moon of the month
Winter's horizon looms nigh
My flight will not stop.
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Hard, stormy winter,
Unleashing its fury,
But my faith will win.
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It is quite past the midnight hour,
It is almost close to dawn,
Flaky clouds cover the sky,
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Night has galloped speedily,
The softness of a sweet voice,
The voice from my beloved,
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