Updated: March 15, 2016 1:54:44 pm
In February, Delhi Poetry Slam published a video of Shivani Gupta’s poem to an unnamed girl in Pakistan titled ‘Dear girl from Pakistan’ where she poured her heart out in a monologue mentioning how she would like to know about just another girl from the neighbouring country without any preconceived notions that are otherwise attached to citizens from the two countries.
The poem reached thousands in Pakistan when a Lahore-based writer named Luavut Zahid wrote an article, after personally connecting with Gupta, on how the poem moved her.
In a poetic response, a young girl from across the border recited a poem titled ‘Dear girl from India’ answering a few questions Gupta had asked, and resonating her emotions on the prejudices and presumptions the two countries hold silently, but explicitly.
Hearts are never separated by borders,
come let’s create a vision much broader
where there are no feelings of enmity,
where there are no feelings so gritty
Yes I am a girl, a human just like you
whose heart dances when her mother kisses her goodnight
whose heart disgusts at violence with all her might
whose favourite movie is the one with a happy ending
whose scared of hatred still pending
Watch video here:
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