The Cry of Kashmir / Poem by Linda B. Scanlan

The Cry of Kashmir

What a beautiful sight
Pristine and pure
How beautiful are the trees
Rooted firmly In the fertile ground
Yet reminding us to always look up
They stretch their branches
Like the brave women
Protesting atrocities
Railing against the disappearances
Wailing at the generational death visited upon this earthly heavenly valley….

With no end
With no end ….

The trees remind us
when one of us is injured…felled….through no fault of her own
we all die a bit in our souls….

Trees are connected through a complex webbing of a system inherently designed to protect ….nourish….uphold…
especially when life has become precarious….trees need water…humans their freedom….

Women are being raped…tortured…is there a difference?

and

Brutally murdered by craven animals …
our sisters ..our mothers…daughters…
spouses….our future…our link to the past….ruined ….their sons….husbands …brothers are kidnapped and disappeared…no one returns….you are not surprised are you?

How can this be …

They massacre with impunity…..
will not be satisfied until there is only blood flowing the valley ….

The trees will die last…..

The valley will be green no more…..

Unless ….unless …..unless…..unless…..

The women of the world unite ….
join forces…
create a threat so great they would have to listen…

And the energy from our mighty auras…our expansive hearts that nourish…nurture and grow …..will sway them…the positive
energy we create will pray them into acquiescence
get the monsters to back down…in front of the women standing down…

We won’t budge…you are hurting our beloveds….it must end now….

See…..women grow people in our bodies…that is a fearsome thing to entrust … we accepted and were rewarded by having been given exceptional gifts….

But the many feared our power to participate in creation by birthing new worlds – who could blame you…it’s mind boggling…staggering and awesome….

Because we are so close to divinity….
naturally evil wants to subdue and overpower because Godliness is a metaphysical thing and monsters are heavy with corrosive detritus left over from some 7th layer of hell …from where they were spawned….they are all weak bullies if truth be told….

We will gather
We will implore
We will cajole
We will present the case

We will unite in a circle so wide and strong nothing could prevail against it…..

We will enlist all women….
living in oppressive regimes….
where breathing is a risk factor for life….

And our brothers who believe in equality and how… to have a hair on their wife’s head harmed… is to die a wee bit in your soul…..we call on those peoole…
….we can change the world if you are with us….stand in solidarity with us.

We can do this
Spread the word
Organizers help us organize
Grass roots organizations show us how….

We must save this beautiful valley from the heart of darkness
that shows no mercy when the innocent plead for their dignity…their lives…..

 

Linda B. Scanlan, 2019©

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