POETS’ CORNER: Somewhere in Pakistan

27th Feb 2015

Somewhere in Pakistan,
To be human is not enough.
Somewhere in Pakistan,
Some have no right to laugh,
Or even smile, or cry,
Or breathe, or be.

In the limelight of Quetta
Bodies decorate the streets.

So colourful a painting, so sad a scene.

Will anything ever matter
To the heart that doesn’t bleed at this?
Another corpse falls to the ground
Smaller this time, easier for the eye to miss,
A child.

But wait, there are no victims in this story, no.

Only criminals.

Their crime?
The conviction in their hearts
Their thoughts and their ideas,

If they be old enough.

If not, association suffices.

Where does it end?
When will the spills be large enough,
The cries be loud enough,
Our hearts have been hurt enough?
When will it be understood
That faith cannot be quantified.

And minds cannot be captured?
They are wild eagles,
Accustomed to feeling the breeze below their wings
As they soar high above the clouds, unhindered.

Step back, look up at the sky and the stars,
Pray to Him who created them.

Ask, if you wish
How this could happen and why.

But the answer is, and will always be
‘Surely, the help of Allah is nigh’.

Tiba Abid

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