The Cashmere: A Desire
By Takbeer Salati
The Mountains lie suspended in air,
Crying over a beloved
The heart of Mouji is a stream of poison
Running through the bloody streets
Of yours and mine.
The sun sets on Srinagar
Where the silhouettes chain themselves
Of the light from Dilbar
The eagle sits waiting for the beloved,
On the concertina wires between muted lovers?
In the vale, to be sung at the gates of daak
Where they took the Chinar and the constitution.
We remember the streets
Cordoned till Eidgah
Marched towards Lal Chowk
Do you see
How we had built 370?
The night, the footsteps,
The march, the resistance
The valley shrinks again in the poet’s mailbox. 
The year was fresh,
Breathing its last lilacs or defiled tulips
I was thus born out of
The dead long ago,
From the snow,
The blood and the elegies.
 Lover/ Beloved.
 TheMail. Here refers to the Post Office.
 Name of a tree found in Kashmir.
 Article 370 of the Indian constitution gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a region located in the northern part of the Indian Subcontinent which was administered by India as a state from 1954 to 31 October 2019, conferring it with the power to have a separate constitution, a state flag and autonomy over the internal administration of the state.
 A reference to Agha Shahid Ali’s poem Postcard From Kashmir.
Photo: Pipa News
Takbeer Salati was born and raised in Srinagar, Kashmir. She moved to Delhi for her Bachelors and Masters degree of Arts in English. She is currently pursuing a PhD. Her short stories and research articles have been published in Mountain Ink, Akademos, etc.
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