Excerpt from The Jhelum River by Farhana Qazi

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The following poem appears in our Spring/Summer 2019 issue. The entire issue is available in print or digital format. Or, you can purchase a subscription and save.

My voice fades almost to silence
in the vast land called Kashmir,
where names of mountains
sound like tribes, and people are forever
trapped between ice, blue-green fields
of summer and tulip gardens
tourists come to see, with one eye open,
blind to the tragedies that unfold
under a heroic blue sky in a place
where women hold pictures of their dead,
under the shade of a towering chinar
whose leaves turn a burnt orange in fall.

Farhana QaziFARHANA QAZI is an award-winning instructor and scholar on conflicts in the Muslim world and women in war. She is the author of Secrets of the Kashmir Valley, a human-interest story, and Invisible Martyrs, an inside look at women in violent extremism. To learn more, visit: www.farhanaqazi.com

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