What’s taking their place?


A few short verses for where prose stops dead…

“Drink wine and look at the moon
and think of all the civilisations
the moon has seen passing by.”
– (Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)

Omar Khayyam was a civilisation
Teaching philosophy and geometry by day
Learning astronomy by night
We let it pass away

We fell the Buddhas of Bamiyan
Leaving behind two holes,
The shape of two large eggs
With dead birds inside..

We planted so many roses and walnuts in Kabul
That the gardens exploded with profusion
Scattering rose red and charred brown entrails
Across the length of the city

We dropped coins in wishing wells of oil
All our wishes came true

We did not want to leave a single margin of error
We ended up with fault-lines


Pritha Kejriwal is the founder and editor of Kindle Magazine. Under her leadership the magazine has established itself as one of the leading torch-bearers of alternative journalism in the country, having won several awards, including the United Nations supported Laadli Award for gender sensitivity and the Aasra Award for excellence in media. She is also a poet, whose works have been published in various national and international journals. She is currently working on two collections of poetry, soon to be published.

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