a remembrance

 

the moment

shall dwell

within,

indelible

that,

jinnah sahib,

as i stood

beside

your place of rest,

tears

emanated,

not just of thankfulness,

but

also of

remorse

that

we

failed

to treasure the gift

that you

bestowed upon us.

 

unthinking,

we

gnawed

at its innards,

we rent it asunder.

 

we besmirched your canvas.

 

perhaps now

that a

genocide unfolds

in the vicinity,

we may

comprehend

your desire,

when you said

that

suffice was a

pakistan

even if it was just the size of a handkerchief,

because you sought

a perch

from where

iqbal’s eagle

could soar

to

heights of glory,

to

heights of fulfillment.

 

this scribe,

supplicates,

that

we may

awaken

and

give sheen

to the gift

that you gave us.

 

  • omer bin abdullah
  • december 15, 2019
  • herndon, virginia

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