Wednesday Wiseness: What would YOU do?

I write this all shook up. I am reblogging a poem I wrote in July for the people suffering In Gaza and elsewhere at the hands of war. And at the end, I asked people what they would do if they had to go through a similar situation. When those children were killed in Peshawar, 10 days ago on the 16th of December, I came back to these words. I wish I had not asked this question. As if keeping such thoughts at bay somehow stops them from coming to life. Because war did come to us. Before that it was either someone else’s war, or it was hidden beneath denial or ignorance. They attacked our souls. I can’t help but ask again:

Nida Khan Writes

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What would the dolphins do?

If the eagles invaded their waters

And flew in with fire-powered wings

Would the dolphin tails transform into swords,

Pierce the winged invaders and rejoice over a sip of blood?

Or would they submit to deadly waters frightful of the slightest ripple?

Or swim to safer shores leaving a red ocean behind?

What would the rabbits do?

If the scorpions marched from their parched abodes

Into the rabbits’ humble holes

Clawing at their hearts, clambering to conquer

Would the rabbits use poison infested insects to disarm the enemy?

Or would they lick away the agony, making way for more?

Or hop to greener pastures?

What would the chimpanzees do?

If the crocodiles shredded the trees with their spiked tails

Would the chimpanzees maul the reptiles with thorn-clad fists?

Or would they die a million deaths before leaving their home?

Or tread…

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  1. aasma · January 1, 2015

    Dear nida
    I came across your blog and I can’t help commenting that I am highly impressed by your writing .you write so beautifully and things you write really make an impact on the reader and makes then think .this poem of urz has surpassed all your previous writings though .Its so so well written .My life long dream is to be a writer but I ain’t that good at all .I think you could surely write a best seller one day 🙂 .all the best to you 🙂 Tc


    • Nida S. · January 2, 2015

      Just when I think my words don’t make any sense, people like you shower me with such kind and encouraging words. You brought a lot of warmth and smiles to my day. Thank you for taking the time to comment. And please don’t give up on your dream. As cliche’d as it is, I can’t imagine any other way. Just write and see where it goes from there. I’m sure it will be something very special:). Keep coming back!


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