Carrying legacy of Kashmir

Celebrating the Spirit of Women of Kashmiri origin:2016, an intro to 4 part special…

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Time has come for me to rise, for I have suffered long,
The tears I shed since time unrecorded, need to be accounted for,
Each time, I lost my bearing or my extension,
To the circumstances of not my making, I cried in dark,
But always a harbinger for the torch bearers,
I carried on…

Because of me, the worlds have evolved,
As I am the source,
I am the one responsible for all that is life,
I am the fire, I am the amber…
Still I am the one, who has been ignored,

Points in time, I have exhibited what I am and what I can be,
Nations have crumbled, civilizations have vanished,
Tribes have ceased to exist,
But for me, the mankind remained,

Wars have been fought, each time, it is my life which has been sliced,
Bit by bit, piece by piece,
Still I remained silent, bearing the pain within me,
Shedding the tears in dark, for no one to see,

Each tear I shed in grief, is a drop of blood,
The world may understand or not,
But for me, it is so,
I have been suffering, since times unknown,

While in one stroke I can change the course of history,
The lineage or the religion of all,
As I am born pure, born to no lineage or any religion,
For me, being a woman in itself is a religion, a lineage I need to carry forward.

It is not a myth, but a truth lost in time,
Like a phoenix, I will rise time and again
So as to carry the legacy of being the source of life…

Rajesh Prothi

About the author

Despite over a quarter century spent away from the land of his birth, Rajesh still feels the breeze and the soft warmth of the winter day sun of Kashmir. The floating snowflakes & the suspended smoke of burning chinar leaves. The fragrance of pines trees & the gurgling of mountain streams. The buzz of a dragon-fly and the chirping of a sparrow, are all part of him.
Rajesh heads AbsoluteFactor, a full-service media relations and digital communications agency. He is also the Founder & Chief Editor of www.thecherrytree.in

18 Comments
  1. Gayatri Nijhon Puri (FB) says

    Great going????????

  2. Anjali Acharya (FB) says

    Absolutely beautiful !!

  3. Ruksana Jabeen (FB) says

    A good poem full of pain with rays of hope, starts and end with a positive current.

  4. Mandakini Raina (FB) says

    Super !

    1. Sequoia says

      At last! Something clear I can understand. Thanks!

  5. Situ Nanda (FB) says

    Very nice.

  6. Aarti Tikoo Singh (FB) says

    Beautiful and powerfu.

    1. Roby says

      Free info like this is an apple from the tree of knowledge. Sinful?

  7. Mountain_nano (Instagram) says

    Mallinson Girl’s School, Presentation Convent and all the others schools have a definite contribution towards empowering the women of the Valley…

  8. Meanka Handu says

    WONDERFUL ????????

  9. Angelina Alfred says

    This is so beautiful & evocative…

  10. Neha Dhiman says

    Nice & a beautiful poem…

  11. Asha Kaul says

    Lovely and thoughtful. Yes, woman has always arisen a Phoenix.

  12. Anu Challu says

    Outstanding poetry.

  13. Ravi nijhon says

    Great well done

  14. Nirmal Mattoo says

    Beautifully expressed.

  15. Vaishali Wanchoo Bhat says

    Beautiful…touched my soul. And yes…’Being Women is my Religion…

  16. Raju koul says

    A great poem describing ‘the reality Of Woman’.

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