Gaayatri Chandrasekharan


A Thousand Splendid Suns- a Tribute


Hesitantly, into the charily veiled Kabul
A little before Taliban chained her with its rule
Came, with Rasheed, Mariam, hardly fifteen
With fear in her eyes, lacking the shy bridal sheen
Her tender, jejune finger laced
Into the cigarette reeking ones of the old face

Then, eighteen years after, another girl
Laila, with turquoise eyes and blond curls
Lost everything, even her long cherished love
Espoused Rasheed to wash is clothes, light his stove
A little later through Aziza, the mother in her was born
Her father, the lover who left Laila forlorn
All these the accusing Rasheed knew
And through Aziza, the bond between the two ladies grew
Meanwhile Laila gave birth once more
To Zalmai, a boy, and Rasheed was sad no more
The little boy got all his care
To speak up against it, Laila did dare
And then, the long gone lover returned
And to escape Rasheed's clutches, Laila's heart burned
That was when Rasheed unleashed all his rage
And then the women stomped him down to his grave

And what happened next is a moving tale
Of these two brave women who broke the slavery's chains
Even after their souls condensed into one
Their saga shimmers up bright, like a thousand splendid suns

Submitted: Friday, August 09, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Inspired by Khaled Hosseini's beautiful novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns

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