Remembering the victims of earthquake 2005

Below here is a re-post of a poem I wrote sometimes back in rememberance of the victims of the catastrophic October 8th 2005 earthquake. The biggest natural calamity of our times that took lives of thousands and shattering those of millions. Both the parts of Kashmir along with the Balakot and Mansehra district were the worst affected areas.

The calamity united the Pakistani masses in the efforts of relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. Wonderous tales of sacrifices and philanthropy emerged out of the tragedy. People from as far as Karachi moved to help their misery-stricken countrymen. Generous support, both financial and technical poured in from outside the country. Now after the lapse of three years when the rehabilitation of the affectees is near to completion one cannot forget the ones who lost their lives in the most unfortunate way. May their souls rest in eternal peace!

Somewhere there were dreams fragile,
Somewhere there was life with a smile,

The smile faded, life gone,
The dreams became unknown,

Let us think, let us ponder
Let us wake from the slumber,

Let us build again a paradize,
For the remains of those with a sad demise,

Look at the child sitting in the rubble,
Teary eyed, caged heart, breathing with a ruttle

The child deprived of pen and paper,
Let us educate him to prosper

What if they are on the recieving side,
We are here to restore their pride

We’ll rebuild their world again,
And will share all their pain

12 thoughts on “Remembering the victims of earthquake 2005

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  2. Ayesha

    Very touchy poem!

    But Aadil I don’t think the rehabilitation has been fair and complete. Just checked the newspaper report today that a school in Balakot is still a heap of rubble. There are many other destroyed infrastructures that still awaits attention.

    We ask Mush and his government how did they utilize the aid money? I remember Mush had promised on TV that he would personally inform the public about the progress. But he never did so.

  3. Thanx Ayesha!
    I too have been skeptical about the governmental claims of a smoothly carried rehabilitation but I intentionally avoid to delve deep into the discrepancies being pointed out by the print and electronic media as I didn’t want to drift from what I wanted to convey; the remembrance of the deceased.
    But you’re quite right in the demand of a probe into where those gigantic amounts went.

  4. @Ayesha .. it must be some work! best of luck for that … thank you🙂
    @Tabby .. whats this story? .. 12th december 2012 …❓
    @Asma .. it indeed was a horrible incdient!

  5. The words speak of itself. I felt what it means, untill I got a chance again to visit my school which was totally blown apart because of earthquake. It felt like all my memories were shattered.
    Hope by this time, everything is okay. May God give strength to all of them who were suffered!

  6. aamir

    the poem reminds me ‘the deserted village’ a poem we read at intermediate level. any how though the first part of the poem is the recollection of the terrible past but towards the end it portrays a new hope of a reformed youth having the blessings of education.

  7. @ Sorry to hear that your school was also victim of the earthquake! I share you well wishes for the people struck by the calamity!

    @aamir .. Welcome to my blog! ‘the deserted villiage’ .. I’ve searched it out on the internet which in fact is quite a longish poem Oliver Goldsmith … we read only a portion of it I guess … I cannot recall even the portion though🙂

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