I Will Not Forget You

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I will not forget you in my prayers, brother

Nor shall I forget ever your mother, the way

She carried her wounded heart on her worn black stole

and beseeched the heavens not to fall today.

That wound shall remain and may not let heal her soul

Till that dawn of dawns ushers in, bringing glad tidings

Of her dear one and takes the ache away.

 

I will not forget that dawn in my prayers

The dawn that is a dream held in tears,

For which I have pledged to bow my head

Before a tapering minaret that wears

an ancient look and seems to hold up

the heavens, ever cloudy and red.

 

I will not forget your sisters in my prayers

Who weaved a piercing melancholy in layers

The henna faded on their hands

While you vanished to distant timeless lands

And the song at your funeral in their heart

shaheedo shaheedo treish ma lajyio

Yiman khoon zakhman ye beniiha lagyio (1)

 

I will not ever, ever forget you in my prayers

Not your parched lips, your blood and tears

That call for your mother, too far to hear.

Only she was holding her anxious heart at the doorway,

To fold you forever in her calm embrace.

No one told her that your clothes were drenched in blood.

All they told her was: he cried, “Muajay, Muajay … katti chhakh Muajay” (2)

And a faint smile clung tenaciously to his face.

 
Glossary:
(1) O martyr, my martyr are you thirsty
Your sister feels the pain of your wounds
(2) O mother, O mother… where are you O mother

First published in Reading Hour magazine (Jan-Feb. 2012 Issue)

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Author: pasdarekashmir

A PhD candidate of Politics and International Relations in School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. Research interests: national movements, nationalism, media, framing, and discourses. Regular column: Yours Satirically (Kindle Magazine)

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