I Am Answerable - Poem by Sadiqullah Khan
For the deeds for the suffering
For what I say, my thoughts, demeanor
I am answerable for the sensibilities,
The existential despair, I am answerable
The trust you repose, that I am responsible
To you. That the human errors, that
We longed together, endured in collective soul.
I am answerable that I failed you, for
The betrayals, for the injuries and scars
Pain and tears, for the human indignity,
Inflicted upon you, for the derision though.
For my ignorance, and that you can hold
My collar, you can show me, for I am blind,
For the light I lend, from your heart,
For the beauty I steal, your languorous
Eloquence, and I pray the Soul,
The Might, to show me the path, righteous
And ask forgiveness, deep down in my heart.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Waziristan, Pakistan, August 21,2009. Their parents and sibling were killed in the attack. @ American Quarterly
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