After the recent death and destruction caused by torrential rains that ripped through Karachi, its troubled residents are expressing their heartache and dismay using different means of expression.
One such resident of the city of lights is Noor Mandviwalla, who has written a poem dedicated to a city trying to survive in its abject state.
‘Today, Karachi sinks. Tomorrow, we bleed,’ is the mantra of the poem, which presents a vivid commentary on the woes of the city and the suffering of its locals.
The poem entails a harrowing description of how the city — a goose that lays golden eggs for the country — has been mercilessly left to fend for itself during the floods and chaos.
The post has also provided a list of the organisations providing relief to the residents facing the brunt of the brutal rains and flooding.
This storm will drown my city
And you will set up some godforsaken, useless committee
Just another cycle of pity
Just another promise left undone
But when the floods wash away my homes
When this city one day turns into catacombs
When the rain and thunder brings its lightening
That makes my roof go under
What will become of us? I wonder.
When all our taxes are stolen
When the bellies of our children are so hungry
They are swollen
When my people’s backs are broken
Don’t you hear Karachi say
“You’re killing me”
“One by one”
But you will only care
When the money’s run dry
You will turn to me
And I will look you dead in the eye
and say,“Look at what you’ve done”