Lull Not Peace

Sumera Reshi
Posted September 2, 2019 from United Arab Emirates
Dance of Death in Kashmir is Eternal in Kashmir.

Lull Not Peace

It is in lull not in calm.

Its inhabitants are tongue-tied.

It is now the Valley of dead and gone.

It is the Valley of Kashmir, sieged by cruel occupiers.

Often in reverie, I recall, its lush green terrain.

Raucous streams and incredible fountains.

Bustling boulevard and crowded city centres.

Conventional houses and hectic lanes.

Narrow lanes and crazy roadblocks.

Sirens of vehicles, and the yells of conductors.

Once noisy, dusty but of full of life.

Now it is quiet, dumb and dead inside.

Its Kashmir dead and empty, filled with unkind soldiers.

I recall, the Dal waters, sparkling and bouncy.

Decorated with baby pink lotus and its broad leaves.

The mass of the tourists and sequinned Shikaras.

Bargaining on shawls, scarves and embroidered dresses.

The warmth of its hospitality, the smile of the people.

All is gone now as the Valley is deaf and dumb.

How cruel are occupiers and its biased media?

With demons face and demon acts.

Justifying occupation as an integral part.

They say there is calm in the Valley of dead.

They say there is concord when the voices are silenced.

O’ People, there is lull not calm.

Kashmir is throttled not in accord.

                                                       Sumera B. Reshi

 

 

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Jill Langhus
Sep 02, 2019
Sep 02, 2019

Hello Dear Sumera,

How are you today, dear? I like your vision of how your country was... hmmm. Any more news from your family?

XX

Sumera Reshi
Sep 02, 2019
Sep 02, 2019

I am alright my dearest. My Kashmir is very beautiful and I have no news of my family.

Jill Langhus
Sep 04, 2019
Sep 04, 2019

Okay, dear:-(

It sounds like it:-)

Wusufor
Sep 02, 2019
Sep 02, 2019

I really hope you are doing fine? Life is a wild beast sometimes with the twist and turns. Keep been very strong it shall all soon passed.
Another nice piece :-). I like it.

Sumera Reshi
Sep 02, 2019
Sep 02, 2019

Yes, dear, life is full of weird surprises.

Nabila Abbas
Sep 02, 2019
Sep 02, 2019

I pray to have your family in good condition. I stand with Kashmir!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 03, 2019
Sep 03, 2019

Hello, Sumera,

How are you doing? What a beautiful poem. How great you are in writing. Please keep them coming. Your message is your weapon. :)

Hugs.

Sumera Reshi
Sep 03, 2019
Sep 03, 2019

Karen its because you and Jill trust me. Your faith in me is the catalyst that prompts me to write, else I am not at all a poet. Your every word counts for me.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 03, 2019
Sep 03, 2019

Aww. That feels so special to know that. Hugs, dear Sumera. We're here for you. You are already a poet. Claim it. You're really great at poetry and writing. :)

Sumera Reshi
Sep 03, 2019
Sep 03, 2019

Thank you so much, Karen. You have been with me in this chaotic time. A family doesn't comprise of blood relations but people like you make up an actual family.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 05, 2019
Sep 05, 2019

You're welcome, dear. Yes, we are family. Please stay safe.

Sumera Reshi
Sep 05, 2019
Sep 05, 2019

Thank you, dear. Today I talked to my dad. India restored landlines but people aren't allowed to move.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 05, 2019
Sep 05, 2019

Wow! That's great news. So happy to know that you've talked to your dad, sis. :)

Sumera Reshi
Sep 05, 2019
Sep 05, 2019

Yes dear.

Beth Lacey
Sep 03, 2019
Sep 03, 2019

Thank you for sharing