POEM: Rubble and Ashes

by Yanis Iqbal

Image: Nawal Watali

Each house is entombed in forlornness


Each lamp of hope is bedewed with droplets of blood


Tulips wither away into bleak desolation


Glistening-green grapes lie uncultivated and unseen


Faint echoes vagabond in the moonless sky,


Mournfully searching for the lost ones.


The searing heat of the endless siege


Burns and blackens the whispering leaves of love.


Twigs of human bond smolder in this superimposed silence


Shadows of sadness engirdle the sleepless nights


Dust-smeared Palestinian flags stare at the pellet-strewn humanless streets.


No one can stitch the fluttering flaps of a broken country,


Embosomed in icicles of war-encrusted history.


All the fissured fields and fragmented forests


Have dissipated like dust


The Palestinian people are again sifting through the rubble and ashes of their country.


Yanis Iqbal is an independent researcher and freelance writer based in Aligarh, India and can be contacted at yanisiqbal@gmail.com

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