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    Now is the time (The time for radical change)

    Too late! Too late for legend –
    no time for work in clay.
    Affliction like a shroud
    covers all we do and say.

    It isn’t easy – going on –
    hosting echoes and relearning to speak
    with the bereft and suffering –
    once so strong, now so weak.

    Light years we dialogued with children,
    planting trees where roads have to go –
    waiting for the flowering of an image –
    a living image in which we might grow.

    Now, rhythms, nourished in the tap-roots,
    move like tongues to help us hear
    the sound that signals us to stand up
    and risk ourselves for peace

    Asma Javed
    Asma Javed is a writer & poet. She has served as editor of Pegasus,Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad.

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