My efforts of a life-time are all in vain,
In grief i am, my heart’s in pain,
My strength, i’ve lost, head hangs in shame,
My mind is blurred, I’ve lost the game !
But let us see in the midst of hell,
What stories do my wounds would tell,
I’ll die today, for me tolls the bell,
But finally my death will break the spell !
For 60 years, i’ve walked with you,
Lived with you, i’ve died for you,
In blistering deserts, in freezing hills,
At every front i’ve fought for YOU !
Remember Kashmir in ’48,
Where i’d fought till this day,
Lahore was burning in ’65,
And we’d fought side by side !
But then comes the tragedy of ’71,
Where 5 of us couldn’t be one,
The enemy laughed and enjoyed the show,
We lost our brothers in one bloody blow !
Once again in Kargil, YOU asked for blood,
We spilled so much, it formed a flood !
Today i fight in Waziristan,
Isn’t it also a part of Pakistan ???
In battle i don’t find YOUR prayers for me,
I lose my heart when i come and see,
You laugh and clap when my ranks fall,
You long for the day when i can’t stand tall !
THEY want to freshen our wounds again !
THEY want to freshen our pain again !
THEY want to freshen our grief again !
THEY WANT TO HUMILIATE US ONCE AGAIN !!!
But i won’t let that happen again,
I’ll fall fitting but will stand again !
For me, the duty has called once again,
I am a warrior, i’ll answer again !
I see YOU, MY nation, abandoning me,
But for YOU and the country, I STAND AGAIN !
I’ll defend, with honour, my motherland,
But i seek only prayers from YOU again !
GO ABANDON ME, IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT…
I’ll die fighting, WITH HONOUR AGAIN !!!
(DEDICATED TO ALL MY FELLOW COMRADES WHO SERVED, STILL SERVING AND WILL SERVE IN WAZIRISTAN)
The Lonesome Soldier by: Captain (Now Major) Ali Faraz Haque, written in 2010