By Santosh Bakaya
In this Paradise your sojourn was brief
You vanished plunging your family in grief.
From one paradise
You have travelled to another
Pack up your dreams, and your fantasies
Inhale that serene breeze.
Rest in peace, Gowhar!
Up there, you will meet tiny Burhan too
Give him a warm hug
One huge one to Aylan too
And many more tiny tots
Who were caught in vicious eddies
And left behind their satchels and teddies.
You will be better off in that paradise
Is our surmise.
Not lashed by winds of hate,
Or gales of malevolence
But touched by a peaceful radiance of tolerance.
We know, the lakes, the rivers, the flowers
And gardens and bowers
Will miss you.
Your family will miss you too.
But, you will be better off in that paradise
Sleep well, Gowhar.
Come, Gowhar, forget and forgive.
Forget your dreams
Forget your mother’s screams
Forget that teargas shell
Which ruptured your dreams.
Forget this earth’s cacophony shrill
Of hate, rancour and ill-will.
Forgive us, Gowhar, we could not save you
But, let me tell you,
We have been unable to save ourselves too!
A novelist-poet, Dr Santosh Bakaya stays in Jaipur with her husband, Lalit Magazine and college going daughter. She is from Kashmir. She recently won the Reuel International award for her long poem “OH HARK!” which is now part of “THE SIGNIFICANT ANTHOLOGY”.
Her e-book: FLIGHTS FROM MY TERRACE in Smashwords has been criticallly acclaimed and recently Vitasta Publishers released her new ‘poetic biography’ of M K Ghandhi: “BALLAD OF BAPU”.