Aren’t they contented at least that the people
of Kashmir under the sky are above suspicion,
as the coercion eats the valley
Of the bad, they supply on us, that their bloodshed
is hotheaded disapprobation for our gnarly etiquette
Our never ceasing clamor, a morsel of armament
For their keeping the valley so curfew-ed and snug
That no one, however persistent,
Could breach it

Imagine if they felt certain how much we owe them,
How the expected weight of their autocracy would crush us,
Even if they relished keeping the people no longer alive,

Unlucky for us they don’t know what they are doing
These unhinged and preposterous creatures of gloomy and depraved dwelling
Who eat simply to live, afflict and beat down, with no more sense of pursuit.
Better save our gratitude for a martyr who gives us more than we can give in return.
If I had freedom, I ‘d give it to you to protect yourself against enemies
The enslaved man says, who, having nothing accessible
In the solid, indicative Valley,
So then you might believe you are free from harm
In that domineering valley of Kashmir.

-Adnan Shafi


About the Poet
Young Adnan Shafi, (23) was born and brought up in a middle class educated Bhat family, which belongs to Chandrigam in Tral area of Kashmir valley. He is a poet, writer, columnist, translator, short story writer, reviewer, blogger , motivational speaker, ghazal-writer and an editor.
His poetry book “Tears fall in my heart” depicts sorrows and vicissitudes of life. There are various hues in his poems ranging from love to loneliness and despair. Besides, his poetry is replete with the simplicity of thought and language. Some of the poems are autobiographical in nature which relate to his own life’s vows. Some of his poems have been highlighted by different magazines, Jogmag, Duanespoetree Petrichor magazine, Fundza Literary Trust, Spillword, UGC approved journal, Writers Cafe, Yoalfaaz, Poem Hunter, Your Story Club, Thiens, Fast Kashmir, Times of Kashmir Journalist, Hello Poetry & others. In the news- Brighter Kashmir, Kashmir Vision, Rising Kashmir, Kashmir age, Reader Kashmir, Fajr, Kashmir Pen, Kashmir Thunder, & Daily Kashmir Age.

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