Another one in the series 🙂
I met the young poet on a social media site. Over the past few months we’ve become friends – more than friends I guess. She addresses me in Urdu, her native language, as big brother. I address her in Spanish as my little sister. Odd to me, having such a relationship with someone on almost the exact opposite side of the world…Sialkot, Pakistan – the City of Poets. I asked my little sister, the poet Maryam Shabhaz, if she would visit the shrine of Allama Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan and another native of Sialkot, to give readers an idea of the importance of poets in her country. She sent me these photos of her pilgrimage.
Maryam started with a photo of the bazaar, not an unusual place to start in a city with a history similar to Sialkot. Alexander the great made Sialkot the eastern-most outpost of his empire. Persians, Afghans, Sikhs…
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