By Farzana Munshi

Her hands are stretched out to the lap of cliffs
She’s climbing to heaven by treading falls

Her eyes are sapphire
Hair woven in gold silk threads

Her soul is the pearl harboured in heaven
Body’s scent pure as a new born

Alas!  Why is she drowned in thought?
Why are you blue?

The part I bore is turning my fate low, she says,
Lowering her gaze, the breeze gusting

My children are splicing away my love essence
I wail but they rend my heart apart

Disdaining every element that holds my breath
Their eyes cold, their hearts crag, but my love is deep

Her sadness sent a chill of fall down my spine
I am sorry, O Mother, I said, raising my hands

To plead the Spectator: Hold my mother
Rejuvenate her love in all

The Kashmir Walla needs you, urgently. Only you can do it.

We have always come to you for help: The Kashmir Walla is battling at multiple fronts — and if you don’t act now, it would be too late. 2020 was a year like no other and we walked into it already battered. The freedom of the press in Kashmir was touching new lows as the entire population was gradually coming out of one of the longest communication blackouts in the world.

We are not a big organization. A few thousand rupees from each one of you would make a huge difference.

The Kashmir Walla plans to extensively and honestly cover — break, report, and analyze — everything that matters to you. You can help us.

Choose a plan as per your location