Shahid tonight

Shahid tonight

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“Where art thou?” Kashmir needs a Shahid tonight “O, please free her with poesy,” pleads a Shahid tonight A red path marks the entrance to my home “Come on in, it’s okay,” greets a Shahid tonight There will be silent-shouting words, echoes of words Yet only one bullet makes a Shahid into a shaheed tonight It’s time to give a tongue of fire to shackles All mother’s breastfeed a Shahid tonight Where do these loud, lurid words come from, Ruhan, Does the spirit of an Agha lead a Shahid tonight? * For Agha Shahid Ali on his birthday, posthumously.

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