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Poem: This is No Dream

I went sleepless and troubled/ Hiding under my pallid skin/As a thick blanket of darkness/Enveloped the starless night.
Poem by Sadaf Munshi illustration Pxfuel
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Ah, the poverty of the written word! 
It does not carry the punctuations 
Nor gestures or embellishments 
Of a spoken utterance 
Listen to the silence!
 
I went sleepless and troubled  
Hiding under my pallid skin 
As a thick blanket of darkness 
Enveloped the starless night.
 
This is no dream, my love 
For dreams have no anchors —
 
You have frozen in space  
Like a timeless statue, 
A figureless corpse
In a remote galaxy. 
 
Do not be disturbed 
When I break through 
Your protective armors 
And quietly slip in.
 
Dr. Sadaf Munshi is a US-based academic, writer and artist of Kashmiri-Indian origin, born and raised in Srinagar, where she completed her early education. She began her professional journey as a playwright for the state television Doordarshan in 1990’s while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Science. A deteriorating political situation in Kashmir forced her to leave her hometown. After completing an MA and an M.Phil. in Linguistics at the University of Delhi, she went to the United States to conduct doctoral research at the University of Texas at Austin. A person of multi-dimensional interests, Munshi has travelled extensively in India and Pakistan, besides other countries, studying language, music and culture. Munshi has published numerous social and political critiques and personal accounts on a wide range of topics related to language, society, culture, politics and gender. A polyglot and a poet, she writes in English, Urdu and Kashmiri. Some of her incisive pieces of satire were broadcast on the state television in Jammu & Kashmir. A self-taught visual artist and art critic, she has produced numerous pieces of art in oil, watercolor, and multimedia.

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