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.