It is all what I have


This poem resulted in as I was reading Ayesha’s article “Paint me Green”. I was struck by the whole lot, but in particular one of those lines …..” in its lap, asleep my ancestors, sweet eternal sleep”…I remembered all those stories, I remembered all those moments, journey taken by all those people so long time ago. So this poem is my little effort to remember all what has been given to us as a gift. We must not treat this country and our people as charity, but like a gift….

It is all what I have,
My soul and my existence
Imprinted and embedded
In these lines, drawn and felt
In this star and crescent

Long are those trails and hidden
Stories of my ancestors
Some in me and some in graves
In its lap, intoxicated in its slumber
My old remains, my ancestors
Years it takes to build this oasis
Which we all call home and our place
So easy to destroy its soul,
In a moment of frenzy and forgetfulness

In search of all those tracks,
As I travel back in time
In search of faces, I never saw
In search of words, I never heard
It is all what I have, from memory
Of my past, and of my present
It is all what I have, my country

Questions are often asked
Doubts are often raised
In persistence and in honesty
For progression and for adventure
Into the world, which they never saw
Our ancestors, our sacrifices

But still remains, the old passion
In me and in you, and in us all
It is all what I have, so little
In words and from memory
And in you, my Pakistan
Our existence and our souls
The ode to the beautiful sacrifice
Of our ancestors and of our dreams!

Kashkin

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10 thoughts on “It is all what I have

  1. Wonderful to say the least!

    In search of all those tracks,
    As I travel back in time
    In search of faces, I never saw
    In search of words, I never heard
    It is all what I have, from memory
    Of my past, and of my present
    It is all what I have, my country

    Moving words! Really well written poem.

  2. Thanks Ayesha. I should be thankful to you as it was your article that prompted me to write this poem.

  3. If we think about what they went through to give us a land we can call our own – We may follow some good advice given by our ancestors!

  4. and why mr Kashkin you have disabled comments on the Hounslow mosque forum, nobody can post anything on there now, why is this? and who has told you to disable Bloggs on there…..

    u have written an aritcle on the mosque so let people respond, what are u afraid of?

  5. we cant add any comments on the hounslow mosque issue, whats going on? why have they been disabled, can someone please advise

  6. whats the point, we cant put any comments on the hounslow mosque issue, what is going on and why are they not being accepted? we are not sending spam

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