Waseem A Malla

(Radbugh Srinagar(Jammu and Kashmir))

Piper Of The Holy Land: Kashmir


Far away in an unknown corner,
God has carved with His own hand,
Valleys that sink and mountains that do tower,
Kashmir: a holy, spiritual and a sacred land;

They say that a long time ago,
Housing the forest, the snake and the viper,
The mountains: the abode of snow,
Asked the God to send a piper;

To relieve the mountains of their inmates,
As it was a burden too heavy to bear,
That is, the snow, the dweller of the heights,
Thus God decided in the mountains' favor;

The piper was sent down to this land,
Speaking the nature's all dialects,
Over a pipe with a million mouths, utterly grand,
The sparrows amplifying the koels' effects;

They piped in the mountains and the vales,
Till the white gold began to melt,
And elsewhere, where the cloud above sails,
The mountains sighed as relieved they felt;

The parrots' squeaking, the sparrows' chirping,
Brought forth streams of water, fast and slow,
And the koels' singing all the spring,
To this day, since infinity, makes them to flow;

This Holy Land, full of nature's pure magic,
Now a burning land, then a green continent,
With snow melted as in saintly logic,
Houses the people with divine sentiment;

Brings forth the Jhelum and the Lidder,
And the Chenab and then the Indus,
Countless streams, here and there, hither and thither,
Flow in tranquility, and makes no fuss;

The piper of the nature created them so,
The rivulets of fresh water, rejuvenating,
The streams fast and the brooks slow,
Join these rivers, while culminating;

These rivulets, streams and brooks, within,
Of all sorts, they followed the piper,
Resemble the rats of the Hamelin,
In their attributes, they vary a cipher;

The piper led them all the way,
And took them into a cave, or sea, in a merry jeer,
Travelling in the night and during the bright day,
Into a land God named Kashmir/ Cashmere…

Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Edited: Friday, November 30, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

It is a poem about the 'Paradise on Earth: Kashmir'. The rhyming pattern is 'abab'. The poet speaks of the beauty of Kashmir, its rivers particularly. Most of the people compare the flow of the streams as serpentine, but calling them rats is better as rats are easy to tame while snakes even bite their masters… The rest is for the reader to judge.

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  • Erika Wingo (12/2/2012 8:10:00 AM)

    This is a profound and stunning piece. It flows together perfectly and I love the imagery all throughout. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (11/19/2012 11:12:00 PM)

    Kashmir with its beautiful rivers, the Dal lake, the bewitching panorama of landscape, the ever stretching fields of poppy and saffron, the blue sky with sailing fluffy clouds - all these make it a Paradise on Earth! But it is so sad that it has become an apple of discord! A beautiful poem! ! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (11/19/2012 5:05:00 AM)

    The picture was awesome, as much as i know the beautiful Kashmir is, now i feel the touch of it beautiful waves here taken into poetry, keep it up Waseem...A very nice tribute to Kashmir..enjoy the days there with green eyes and blue blood_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Caroline Bulleck (11/17/2012 11:29:00 AM)

    I like the imagery, the flow, the rhyming, the personification an the overall effect of the poem. I give it a rating of 9. (Report) Reply

  • P.j. Reed (11/16/2012 11:27:00 AM)

    This poem was a love poem to the land of Kashmir, it was very touching. (Report) Reply

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