I Will Survive…A Kashmiri’s Song Against His Oppressor

You may curb my voice against your tyrant crown

And beat me blue or blood brown

You may strike my body down

And tear it into shreds & yet not frown

I ‘ve survived many such strokes by cruel crown

I will survive ..I’ve survived…I always will survive.


What ever act you may pass on myself,

or take the job from my poor self

or may play with my family like cruel elf

Yet my resolve is like pillars of resilient cliff

Over looking your treacherous weak self..

I will survive …I will survive.


My poor brethren and my poor kids

Made to shut their eyes and shouting lips

By your pellets and by draconian acts

And they shed their innocence like blooming tulips

Yet my resolve never weakened by your dichotomous strife…

I will survive …I will survive.


How many of my children will you mime and kill

How many of my brothers you will throw over the mill

How many of my sisters you will rape and kill

How many of my mothers you will send over the frenzied hill

It will never change my self and my inner will..

I will survive …I will survive.


Many a times you have tried and often lied,

To buy my self and my self respect, and I sighed

It hasn’t changed my resolve a bit, You lied

and cheated myself and my countrymen ready to fight.

Yet you failed and I stand my own-self & my own hight.

I will survive …I survive.


You razed my land & looted my stand

You plundered my Valley just like lightning wand,

How can I forget all your boogymen & band

Who ate up thousands of men without leaving a trace at hand,

I can not forgive nor forget this cruel strand..

I will survive …I survive.


My children who can not see,

Their sight & brothers taken by your killing spree,

Their mothers wailing a silent song,

They can not forget the loss that you gave them all along

Their blossoms enduring every pain all along.

I will survive ..I will survive.


I pray for your tyranny to end,

Of course the future is round the bend,

Bright and hopeful like morning Sun,

From my ashes will arise

The sword that will strike you down.

I will survive .. I will survive..I always have.


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