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Elegy for the Children who Died in the Peshawar Attack in Pakistan

Note: the phrase “elegiac couplet” was taken from Google’s definition of
“elegy.”

I have no elegiac couplets for you
- just the song of the cuckoo at dawn,
the husk of sweet mangoes from Multan,
your mother bent over the Quran.
Your voices, they whistled once
but now are gone.
I have no elegiac couplets for you.

I have no elegiac couplets for you
- just the beat of my broken heart,
the prayers in our art,
the way her sighs sing in the dark.
The crescent moon bleeds tonight,
lighting the flight of the lark.
I have no elegiac couplets for you.

I have no elegiac couplets for you.
Only poetry, fervently whispered
in the outstretched palms of your small hands,
straight into the ear of God.
I have no elegiac couplets for you,
only this poem.
Here is another stanza,
I’ll write you four, I’ll write you five
Then, will you promise to come back to life?
But I have no elegiac couplets for you.


Listen to this poem:
CLICK HERE for Spoken Word Audio. (mp3, 1:30, 3.43 MB)

Reading by the author, Seemi Qaiser.


Biography
Seemi Qaiser is a 3rd year student at the University of Toronto, studying
global health.

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