Treasure Island

Neela Nath


Pigeon Of Peace


Beyond the border,
Beyond hatred, war-fare
And battle cry,
A soothing, mellowed
Voice calls me- - - -
Neela, are you well?
*******X*************
I heard, the story
Of blood-shed,
Oppression, and torture,
And of Partition.
The bound people
Leaving, their homes,
For unknown addresses.
Helpless destitute
As they have stolen
The riches, stealthily
They fled with tearful
Eyes, panicked and
Appalled leaving
Behind home, hearth,
Trust and self-confidence!
The pals, neighbors,
The helping hands,
All turned enemies
Overnight!
On foot, by cart, by boats,
Millions and millions
Packed like cattle,
They boarded in trains,
All the penniless
Paupers! A worst fairy
Tale, a nasty game! !
The princes of their
Own lands, converted
To beggars!
**********X**************
The bellicose leaders
Of newly made two countries,
Cheered and sipped
The wine from their
Victorious tumblers.
Two countries
And two chief leaders,
One president, the supremo
Of the half India,
And the other the
Prime Minister of the
Other half.
*********X*******************
We are still fighting
Because, the tradition
Of the war-mongers
Are on and will be
Forever, and ever!
**********X*******************
This morning too
I may hear the melodious
Voice from my
Neighboring country- - - - -
Our ancestors' old home!
Neela, how are you
And your family?
My love for you and
For all.
The pigeon of Peace,
I gave her name!
A symbolic voice
With wings of love,
Peace, tells me,
The truth- - - -
We can also live as
The Pigeon of Peace! !

Submitted: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 23, 2013

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Dedicated to hon'ble poetess Shahzia Batool, my beloved Pal.

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  • Tribhawan Kaul (9/23/2013 10:15:00 AM)

    There are so many constraints which makes a human think why one should not be as free as bird to disregards any type of boundaries made by the human and for the human. This reminds me one of my own small poem from my book ‘ Children of Lost Gods’ which is as under: -
    Freedom
    - - - - - -
    Flock of birds migrating
    Crossing boundaries after boundaries
    Territories after territories, unhindered
    But marked by humans, for the humans
    - - - - - - - - - - - - x- - - - - - - - - - -

    Coming to the poem, it brings out the genuine feelings of a poet for a lovely poetess (Shahzia Batool) across the border while lamenting about the political unwillingness to live in harmony. harping on the past history and the present scenario of unfriendly behaviour between the two countries. Yet these may not deter the literary comradeship to fly without any borders. Great. (Report) Reply

  • Tribhawan Kaul (9/23/2013 10:15:00 AM)

    There are so many constraints which makes a human think why one should not be as free as bird to disregards any type of boundaries made by the human and for the human. This reminds me one of my own small poem from my book ‘ Children of Lost Gods’ which is as under: -
    Freedom
    - - - - - -
    Flock of birds migrating
    Crossing boundaries after boundaries
    Territories after territories, unhindered
    But marked by humans, for the humans
    - - - - - - - - - - - - x- - - - - - - - - - -

    Coming to the poem, it brings out the genuine feelings of a poet for a lovely poetess (Shahzia Batool) across the border while lamenting about the political unwillingness to live in harmony. harping on the past history and the present scenario of unfriendly behaviour between the two countries. Yet these may not deter the literary comradeship to fly without any borders. Great. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (9/23/2013 3:48:00 AM)

    Wonderful write. I love it like the relation of a brother and sister between me and sister Shahzia Batool has crossed the boarder. like in a picture of bollywood. love of any kind does not know any boarder.. well written. like the air like the water, like the birds all are free from boarder and alike your poem. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/23/2013 2:17:00 AM)

    This is indeed a remarkable poem you have written rich in poetic beauty and content! Yes, Shahzia's musical voice trails crossing borders enquiring after the well being of many! A wonderful tribute to her! ! (Report) Reply

  • Poet's Fan (9/23/2013 1:11:00 AM)

    there can not be a better poem than this, , what a beautiful tribute to the 'pigeon of peace'
    may the pigeon sing her timeless song of peace and harmony, amen :) (Report) Reply

  • Aswath Raman (9/22/2013 7:01:00 AM)

    Shahzia Batool indeed is a pigeon of peace in PH. A hard core critic and a poet herself is inspiration to us all. A very good write ma'am! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (9/22/2013 12:35:00 AM)

    Shahzia, the theme of pigeon was humming in my mind yesterday.I feel like this.It's God's grace, that I am able to put my feelings down on P.H.I'm happy now.Very happy.Thanks for showing me the right road. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (9/22/2013 12:30:00 AM)

    For commenting on any poem, i usually have references on my tips...but here, i feel empty-handed... All praise is due unto The Almighty Who blessed me so much in this your kindness...i am unable to reciprocate you in the same kind, and to tell you...thank you neela, and know, that you write substantially above voting and beyond rating of any mundane kind! ! !

    I am nothing but... much honored! ! ! (Report) Reply

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