I ask the young boys

of our neighboring country,

why do you cross the border

with guns

claiming a part

of our land

while your native land

remains shackled

in darkness

of poverty and ignorance

and itself burns.

Haven’t you ever been fed with love

or anything good?

Has knowledge never been your food

to set you free?

Why are you

on a killing spree,

shedding blood and tears

over a piece of land

that never was yours

nor will ever be.

Why won’t you

engage yourselves in works

that make your land


instead of sneaking into

a foreign land in darkness

with threat?

From this side of the border

all I can do is grieve over the loss of lives

of yours and of our eighteen young men.

Seems terrorism is a business trend.

I only wonder

whose pawns you are!


If I had the power

I would turn every gun

into a rose.


But these days

Love is a myth

Hatred reality.




[It’s impossible for me to remain quiet over some stupid activities going on in our Borders. India was torn into three pieces on the basis of religion by the British and power hungry Indian and Pakistani politicians in 1947. People (read the media & politicians) on both sides harbor a kind of hatred for each other ever since. So sad it is. Very recently two of the terrorists from across the border connected with Uri killings have been arrested. Thanks to the villagers of Kashmir who informed the army of their whereabouts. The well known strategy of the statesmen to opt for war simply to divert attention of people from internal crises to nationalism must be denounced by ALL. It’s really sad when educated people fall prey to nationalism, media hype and fill their heart with hatred for their neighbors.]

Posted for my Midweek Motif ~ Two Souls – Caged and Free @ Poets United



15 thoughts on “Freedom

  1. There are probably lots of reasons for so much hatred in the world.It’s a very sad place. A young stranger said good afternoon to me today
    as I was walking to my car. It depressed me that I was so pleasantly surprised because (here at least )it is so rare and I honestly cannot remember when it last happened. I do remember a time when this was not the case.So how can I be surprised at anything. People have to learn to be nicer to each other.

  2. WOW! You grab this topic with Mind, Heart, Spirit and two hands–so clear I am crying. It is the perspetive of a teacher and a witness. How I love all, and especially this:
    “Seems terrorism is a business trend.
    I only wonder
    whose pawns you are!”

    Thank you.

  3. “I would turn every gun into a rose.” So powerful, Sumana. It is sad that hatred seems to be gaining ascendancy, and war and killing is so widespread. Nothing can be gained through war and division, as we know. So sad there is bloodshed in the beautiful land of Kashmir, known to be a paradise on earth. Sigh. Thank you for speaking out.

  4. To turn every gun into a rose – or a word – would be a salve..I often think just how much do people know what they are fighting for.. If it is truly worth it or the right way .. The answer seems so painfully obvious

  5. So very true, Sumana. It is horrific when educated people fall prey to nationalism. It seems to be happening all over the world. I am sorry for this situation in your country. Terrorism does seem to be a ‘business trend’ in so many places. Oh, if only guns would turn to roses, what a beautiful world it would be!

  6. So true on the Media – people fall prey all over the world for their cause or their said truths…meanwhile the young men stand up to be pawns and the women and children are prey to the war…thank you for sharing…bkm

  7. Those centuries of colonialism did a lot of harm. Obtaining freedom and being able to live with it knowing that the land and life each once had has been lost seems so difficult. Even now nearly seventy years later that inheritance is still hurting. Sadly there is always someone wanting to maintain the rage.
    This is a beautiful poem Sumana.

  8. A very sad situation indeed, Sumana. Similar things are happening in many other places around the world. It seems that some people find it easier to hate, destroy and kill rather than love, build and nurture life…

Thank You :)

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