Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Malala Broadside Poem (one year later)

please click on the broadside above for the larger version


  1. in case you have difficulty reading the words, there reproduced below ...

    Midway up the mountain,
    on the day the bullets struck,
    a flock of patterned Chukars,
    the Partridge of Pakistan,
    stood in feathered silence
    when your voice was briefly stifled,

    and the Sage
    who sensed their stillness
    strung your words
    on mala beads,

    said she learned
    what lasts forever
    when a thousand pairs of wings
    filled the sky with sudden flight,
    blessing schoolgirls with their shadows
    beneath a streaming, soaring sun.

  2. Outstanding!

    Thanks for this tribute to a remarkable young person.

  3. Thank you Conrad -- i wish this would have found a home in the Malala anthology as I would have loved to have been a part of that. Editors though, tend to have the opposite opinion of my work than you do. I'm grateful to supportive poet friends like yourself. Cheers.

  4. I too wish this would have found a home in the Malala Anthology.