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There are the gentrified mountains, not

Enough to unsettle, no, but enough

To be a logical foil for the gleaming city


Construed for a new nation.

Climb them, and you see it spread-eagle

Its green grid all the way to the lake


Beyond the brume and smoke of progress.


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‘Islamabad’ is included in Capitals, edited by Abhay K. and published by Bloomsbury India. The anthology includes a poem on every capital city in the world.

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