Dreams– a poem on Kashmir

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Illustration: Vishal Tondon

Memories
of horrors from waking hours
weighing down on the stricken chest
as Fuseli’s incubus

Visions
of dreadful epochs
shouldered with broken bodies,
grasped with pellet ridden eyes

Memoirs
of a disgraceful forgery;
a home of discord proffered
as the Garden of Eden

Stupors
of generations revealing themselves
from under the primeval snow;
generations pronounced as missing

Inscriptions
of streaks of warm blood;
fingers of nostalgia that thawed
the sheets of pristine snow

(The poet Vishal Tondon is a scholar of Gender Studies at the University of Hyderabad.)