By Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - In the Name of Honour
In the memory of Sobia Khanum -- a daughter, mother, a woman - who was killed 'in the name of honour', on June 6th, 2011 in Pindi Gaib village -Rawalpindi, Pakistan)
In the Name of Honour
Her corpse silently arrested
by the dictation of commandments
hung between parentheses.
And, blood had lost its melody.
on the words held back...
The palm outstretched to God,
the subdued colour of gasping breath.
The abandoned torn body, cold as clay
a desolute sculpture;
under the canopy of kaleidoscopic light,
between two stones,
the wind pitches madness
in the cracks of dark branches and shivering leaves
of Pindi Gaib village,
her soul still screaming beneath the ground.
drank blood through her pores
when the weapons aimed
in the name of honour;
splintered by the rapacious --
pounding her secret surfaces'.
Perhaps, her lips formed the words of God,
at the suture of a crimson red wound;
swinging in the void like a skeleton,
blood splurts, a final wail...
A statement crumpled into
circle of silence.
Inside the dropped eyelids,
dreams once danced, lived.
Suspending categories of disbelief.
Dare you touch the depths of justice!
Cracked in the inner
walls of her teeth,
silenced, flattened --
to cover the secret of death.
"Sobia Khanum. Honour killing. Case dismissed".
Under the sun's dominance,
we can abolish time;
continue lamenting on too many bones --
where the foam of time swells
in our room of closed shutters...
wandering in our luxurious reverie.
Time repositions itself
withdrawing finger-prints from
the flesh and bones we slaughtered,
oblivious to the accordian of memory.
You and I,
In the name of honour,
curse and kill the 'evil' -
she, that is woman
with machetes and sin.
She - with the swelling of her womb,
proof of humanity...her terrified children exist in bruised skies,
Ah, but...the God's won't punish us!
We have nations to build,
(Sobia and the countless other women, dead...case dismissed...next!)