(After Agha Shahid Ali)
Earth’s been around the Sun. Kashmir, where it was, in darkness
While tyrants spin untruths, enact laws in darkness
Twin apples, her eyes, blinded in paradise
Whose bite marks are these? Flesh knows their jaws in darkness
O, cowardly assassins, snuffing out the lights!
Even Jesus did not bear his cross in darkness
You may ambush and kill me, bury all evidence
But a rebel seed plies its cause in darkness
Mothers of the disappeared have cursed your sleep
The last of your conscience gnaws in darkness
You are welcome to your skyscrapers, their g/litter
Naz is anomalous fire, she thaws in darkness
First published in Ideas & Futures.