Geographically, this little nation sits near
the top of the world. My neighbors!
Beautiful people, calm smiles,
eyes that welcome you always, now look
to the sky for answers. The Himalayas~ they want
to shrug them off their lap;
the ancient wheels, remain silent;
not many people to touch them or turn them. The voices and
the chants have quietened.
Majestic temples and landmarks ruined, bone crushed,
death upon a thousand deaths,
orphaned little children aged with the tragedy,
gather rotten vegetables, and eat them
while looking at you with eyes that scream
“What Else Can We Do?”

(C)ZSA May 2015.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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20 Responses to NEPAL

  1. slmret says:

    This is hauntingly beautiful, Zakiah. Do you know people in Nepal? Have you travelled there?

    • Zakiah says:

      I know many people from Nepal. Most of them have left Nepal and migrated to other parts of the world. Long ago, we were in Khatmandu. I still remember the pristine beauty of the land.

  2. jstnotherday says:

    So sad. The earthquakes so devastating. I have sent money to help. I hope that what little I can do does some good for these suffering people.

    • Zakiah says:

      I know. Unfortunately the money we donate through big corporations like Red Cross or Unicef etc. doesn’t all reach the victims. SO much of the donated money is used up in overhead charges and setting up administrative work. I think only about 30% of the monies eventually reach the victims, IF, the local government doesn’t get to it before that. Sad state of affairs.

  3. sunsetdragon says:

    As Janet said this photo is hauntingly beautiful, and our prayers and good vibes go with the people of Nepal. A whole way of life, culture, and I just do to have the words-was lost here.
    Blessings to all.

  4. Your poem is so powerful, SweetZ! and it makes me weep.
    Our love, compassion, prayers and donations go to help these precious people. The peoples of the world ARE our neighbors.

  5. rudyhou says:

    i am sadden by their recent earthquake tragedy. nepal has been on my list of places to go. i regret for not making it happened in the past when i had the opportunity. may the city and country able to pick up the pieces and grow strong again. they deserve better than this.

    • Zakiah says:

      You should go there Rudy. If not this year, but sometime in the years to come. You will be mesmerized with the people and the mountains.

  6. I understand the rebuilding will take decades and it’s not clear if the country has enough funds. So many tragic stories in this world and here I am worrying about my first world problems.

    • Zakiah says:

      Truly, so much tragedy for that little nation to have to go through. I don’t think they have the funds at this time to rebuild the nation. I am not sure how resourceful Yadav, the President is. King Mahendra was all for the people of Nepal.
      All of us have to face our own little troubles, Mattie. When we recognize and empathize with the enormity of someone else’s pain, then our own aches feel bearable…. that’s what I think.

  7. Your poem like the catastrophe itself lets me voiceless ., Zakian .
    it is good that people like you are able to find the words appropriate to evoke this horrible nightmare with compassion.

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Michel,
      Thank you for your kind words. Tragedies, regardless of where they take place, always affects the heart. I am, like you, speechless at what has happened in Nepal. I pray that the country comes out of this with strength and courage.

  8. RYC : Thanks for the likk to the knee braces . I am going to check to see if we find them in Amiens (France )

  9. Zakiah says:

    Can you access Amazon, Michel? If There is a facility in Paris or any other larger city, I think you can order that from Amazon. I will do some searching and see if it will be possible for you to get them there.

  10. I agree with Janet, hauntingly beautiful.

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