Treasure Island

Akhtar Jawad

(8-2-1945 / Gorakhpur)

Rape of Rivers


A river is a fall from a mountain of glaciers,
Its breasts are full of wealth and treasures,
It starts with a cry of water fell on earth,
It ends by merging in the ocean of death,
And it rises once again as the naughty clouds,
With a nudist approach comes out of the shrouds,
And engages everyone in music and dance,
The life in rains is a model of romance.

But the river's story isn't so much simple,
Many attractions she keeps in her dimple,
It is full of thrills and many adventures,
It is mother of old and ancient cultures,
During fall and flow it gathers many rocks,
It opens many doors it breaks many locks,
Many plains it makes and the land fertile,
Civilizations were grown on the breast of reptile.

When the roads were rare it allowed the ships,
To float for the trade by kissing her lips,
It allowed the humans to make the canals,
And the dams they make that are just like walls,
Separating the neighbors and indulging in disputes,
Thread for peace that spreads from the flutes,
The peoples should resist this war of the future,
And save their common and beautiful culture.

Water is the basic need of all,
And shouldn't be kept in locks of a wall,
It's your life and of mine as well,
For your paradise don't build a hell.

I wish you a happy and prosperous life,
Let us share water without any strife.
Let the rivers flow and reach the oceans,
Their beauty is lost by dam's interruptions.
Rape of rivers has become an adventure,
A war of water I see in the future.

Jointly look for means of energy,
Killing of rivers may cause an allergy,
This allergy may destroy the whole of earth,
All its resources and all its wealth,
Nothing will remain for war and strife,
Causing sorrowful end of the beautiful life,
Save the planet and its natural face,
Let the rivers flow with the natural pace.

Submitted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Edited: Sunday, July 20, 2014

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The natural face of earth should be kept in tact as much as it is possible.

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  • Soulful Heart (7/25/2014 2:18:00 AM)

    so beautifully written the pathetic condition of these elixirs of life...............put in such poignant words.... (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (7/22/2014 8:02:00 AM)

    A complete cycle with beautiful words and theme so beautiful ...Ah! such a description of nature..Ocean of death(I call cemetery of rivers) thank to read... (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (7/21/2014 11:20:00 AM)

    A lovely analogy on river and water. A valuable eye opener. we all should be attentive to not pollute the water resources. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (7/21/2014 9:05:00 AM)

    A wonderful flow of words like the river flowing through hills and valleys with no obstruction.
    I loved reading each captivating lines. Very true said, A war of water should never come, as it will destroy the very beautiful planet....Loved reading each lines. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/20/2014 11:07:00 PM)

    Great Write Akhtarji with words flowing like a river....! Like a prophet you have forewarned........'A war on water I see in the future'! . Our next war will not be for oil, but for water! (Report) Reply

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