Table of Contents
  Index
  About the Poetess
  My Father's Country
  Azadi: 1989-1995
  The Yellow River
  Father
  Summer Rain
  Anantnag
  Mother's Day USA
  Mahtab
  Bride in Red
  Seasons
  Priya
  Refugee
  My Dream
  The City of Dread
  Kashmir Today
  Sukeshi has a Dream
  Autumn Rain
  The Story of Ganesha
  Washer Woman
  The Ever New Poet
  The Yogi
  The Rishi
  My Death
  Self Spectre
  Autumn Song
  Book in pdf format

Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri

Panun Kashmir

Milchar

Symbol of Unity

 
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Refugee

It is midnight,
a fellow passenger
wakes me rudely.
I am already in Srinagar.

My suitcase is blue;
it looks purple.
Cars, tongas, people
who came to take
relatives home have left.

The courtyard
of the Tourist Reception
Center is bordered 
by red, red rose bushes.
Wild flowers grow
along dank walls.

Screaming 
fury of a night train
bearing a sweet name
brought me from 
Delhi to Jammu.
A dingy, low roofed
J&K bus, a morgue
on wheels
dumped me here.

This is my home.
No one can stay
forever
in the valley 
of mid-summer pleasure;
only I can. 

A hindu woman
in pale blue silk,
found dead underneath
a Chinar tree,
four kilometers from
the Tourist Reception Center.

Strawberries 
sown into silk
blink
at police lights,
clinging to hope.

A thin moon 
wrings her hands,
leaning over
a weeping willow.

An earth gray 
body bag
is flown quickly
to my pale faced
husband.
He alone can 
do the last rites,
light a sacred
fire for me. 

My soul
Ah! My soul
has freed itself.
Apples
almond blossoms
are
my bare shoulders.
Ripe cherries
and peach blossoms.

An inky river
is my hair,
my eyes a soft
black night.
My face parts
from the moon,
in blinding light
I fall, and rise.

[© Lalita Pandit, June 11, 1997].

 

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