Sunday, February 2, 2020



Where the crocuses bloom

Fields of mauve with a heart of saffron.

This realm of mine

Caressed me, smothered me, didn’t let me breathe.


Where the sunset paints

Distant mountaintops in fiery shades.

My life was on fire too

Warm and seductive; reducing me to embers.


Where the chinar leaves

Twirl gracefully after letting go the brough.

Did I dance

When I had to flee; dangers I could not face.


Were icy waters

Skip gleefully over well rounded rocks.

I live my life

Haunted by the life I should have led.


Where the Jhelum flows

Red with all the blood we have spilled.

I long to return

To the paradise my heart never left.


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