Letters From The Battlefield (In Jammu Kashmir) / Poem by Linda B. Scanlan

Poem by Linda B. Scanlan

 

Letters From The Battlefield 
In Jammu Kashmir

The man walked along the boulevard
Thru empty streets of Srinagar
Toward the clock tower
Alone and deep in thought

Pulling his overcoat tightly around him
Rebuffing winter’s chill
The coldness inside him lingers still

He ponders how this life is to be lived….

Once called paradise
This land is home
Kashmir
To say it aloud
Is a silent prayer

Ancient Shangri la
Peaceful and serene
A wonder of the world
Earth’s heaven
God is gracious he thought
Only mankind selfish

He ponders how this life is to be lived…

As a younger man he heard stories
Jailings and beatings and hangings
Torture beyond his wild imaginings
Men do despicable things to each other
When they feel there is no other option

Dehumanization of the tenderest hearts
Knowing instinctively how penetrable they are
Force pain to force false confessions
Afterall how much agony can the body endure

He ponders how this life is to be lived…

Why can’t they understand
We are all designed by the same loving hand
God makes no mistakes

Only humans take what is not theirs
Cause others to live in misery
Everyday uncertainty
To give up would be so easy

He ponders how this life is to be lived….

He had dreams
He was younger once
Still is by age
But this grief he carries like a tattered suitcase
Heavy and cumbersome
Filled with bricks and jagged rocks
and nightmares yet to happen
Burdensome and of no value

His shoulders stoop
His eyes fill with remorse
He grieves a life lost
His own

He ponders how this life is to be lived…

Yet he breathes
Hopes for that promised day
When all of life spreads before him
A smorgasbord of delight
Choices for the taking
Love for the making
Tonight he walks in solitude
Down the lonely streets of Srinagar

He ponders how this life is to be lived …

Linda B. Scanlan, 2019©

 

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