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 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
This is a small representation of the high-quality writings you’ll find in every issue of TIFERET.
We receive no outside funding and rely on subscription sales, workshop fees, and donations to publish. If you enjoy our journal’s verbal and visual offerings, we hope you’ll consider supporting us in one of these ways.Subscribe Today to Read More!