Sunday, April 27, 2014

For ~ Poets United ~ Poetry Pantry # 199 ~ Passage to Gilgit ~ Land of the Naked Mountain

Gilgit-Baltistan borders Azad Kashmir to the southwest, the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the northwest, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China to the north and northeast and the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast.

Gilgit - Natures Heaven on Earth
in the Northern Mountain Ranges of Pakistan

Where beauty reigns supreme 
where greenery carpets the valleys
and blue fills the streams 

where Markhor's majestic homes abound
high above in cool sunlight they
 bask in royalty on higher ground 
where they are the symbol of bravery and sacrifice
perched proud in Gardens of Chinaar
with names engraved of martyrs of war'

where horses gallop on the beat of the drum
play polo and breathe in the weather's stum
where cool winds whistle and streams hum

 where women are happy covered and capped
and men play sweet notes on flutes and clap
wearing peacock feathers in woven caps
 where rivers are crossed by suspension bridges
where each step is a step on dangerous edges
but brave are those who abide on the ridges

where fruit of all colors is freshly grown
flowers cereals corn all are sown 
cherries peaches apricots  well known

 Where stands so grand  glorious and magnificat 
as ferocious and powerful as Mighty Indus
9th Highest 'Killer Mount The Nanga Parbat 

Gilgit we love thy scenic space
my father's birthplace so full of grace
sacred pure peaceful as Samothrace