Meher Pestonji
Despite war… 
(For Ukraine)

Despite heaps of rubble on every street 
flowers continue their summer bloom 
peeping pink, white, yellow, maroon 
in the pervading gloom.        

Despite drones dropping bombs     
causing death, fire, fumes
each evening rises a radiant moon 
carrying light of a soon-to-be-born Sun.

Despite dark nights, fireflies sparkle
flitting from wall to windowpane
their on-off light brings wry smiles
diverting hearts from constant pain. 
Yes, we can surmount war madness
with Nature’s agents of healing
hang on to precarious sanity
despite hearts bleeding.


(For Women in Iran after Mahsa Amini)

Make headless
One body dies
Giving birth
To multiple heads
Defying the diktat
That led to the death
Of one head.

Meher Pestonji is a veteran journalist and an excellent poet. She has the quality of making simple things beautiful with her words. She is an inspiration to younger writers. She has written numerous short stories and scripted many plays which have been dramatized on stage. Her latest book “Being human in a war zone” was released recently.

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