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ROKIAH HASHIM spews   hard to swallow truth to power, to unrepentant warlords , architects of decadence and to demagogues of violence. Her rib- pricking verses are scythe spikes rattling consciences of supremacists wielding iron muscle to humanity. Her satiric hymns jabs into the pseudo-revolutionary evil-hardened flesh of war bandits butchering the earth day and night.  HASHIMs  defiant pen the spit of promise and that raw verve of boldness.  Her poetry is revolutionary, it is blessed with simplicity, verbal dexterity and lyrical prowess. ROKIAH HASHIM enjoys a long-lasting writing activism career, A Malaysian Poet Writer and Human Rights living in exile and always in search of human purity, justice and peace. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is proud to feature on its digital mats the Iconic Poet, Prolific Writer and Distinguished Human Rights Defender ROKIAH HASHIM – (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)

 

A4ROKI

I AM SORRY, MIR RAHMAN

 

That day

I had misunderstanding

With Mir Rahman from Srinagar

Because he refused

To give his real identity

And I was scared

To publish interview with him

In case I will be accused

 

aving links with Kashmiri militant Though many times

was duped

Because militant on one side

Are also freedom fighters on the other

Ah! Kashmir was once Paradise on earth But Mir Rahman said

Kashmir is now like paradise

During winter

With its frozen lake

And syikara* that couldn’t be rowed

To ferry tourists

Like postcard photos of 70s

Not only that

Said Mir Rahman

His Fb accounts was ordered to be closed Every other month

Opened then closed

Opened again then closed again Opened and closed again

Closed and closed for good at last

Mir Rahman

Mounted on his postings

Photos of youngsters on street protests Or armies shooting at point blank

At the eyes of the young protesters

Or horrifying stories

Children and Muslim women

Raped by soldiers

Or stories of prominent University scholar Died of torture in prisons

Etc…etc….etc…..

Kashmir was a paradise

In 70s postcards

And now remained

Are painful stories

And miseries

And pain

And miseries

Said Mir Rahman

 

Mir, I am sorry

I didn’t really understand

About your paradise

Which lost its beautiful glory

Long ago

And your miserable stories

Was buried for so long

By the bleeding of Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovinia, Kosovo. Etc….etc …etc….

 

*syikara are boats used to carry tourists in the lakes in Kashmir.

 

Zagreb

Spring 2019

A9ROKI

PEACE BE UPON YOU DAVOS

 

Peace be upon you Davos

Thank you

For wanting to make

This world

A better place

happier place

ut for whom?

Peace Be Upon You Davos

What about my friends

Osama from Baghdad

Mohamed from Jericho

Dunya from Syria

Shaif from Iraq

Ibrahim from Kosovo

Also Rahman from Rakhine

Peace be upon you Davos

Yes! I know

American fighter jets need to be sold

Sophisticated Israeli drones

Need to be researched and produced

So that more could be killed

By pushing buttons

 

Arms factories in England have to operate

So that her people have jobs

And they could go for holidays

To Third World countries

Etc …..

Etc ……….

Etc ……..

Peace be upon you Davos

Don’t forget

Osama from Baghdad did not choose to be refugee forever

Mohamed from Hebron didn’t want to lose his identity

Dunya from Aleppo didn’t want to live uncomfortably

Shaif wants to go back to his beloved Sanaa

Wounds on Ibrahim’s soul are still there

Traumatised by NATO bombs in Kosovo

Rahman doesn’t want to have children and grandchildren in Cox’s Bazaar Peace be upon you Davos

All my friends

Also want this planet to be better

To be happier

To be peaceful

Forever

 

 

A6ROKI

LOVE IN THE TIMES OF Al NAKBA*.

 

My man

thank you

for trying to fathom

between the battles of the soul

and the waves of my love to you

and seeing every grain

more than

the dances of a gypsy woman

And you are getting closer

recognizing the rhytms of my footsteps

between the foggy dictions whispered

during our love dialogue

of yester year

while you were still dazed

guessing and testing

 

the enigmatic lake of my heart

and the depth of my soul trench

at breakfast table

during lunch

while having dinner

during journey

when holding me tight

as if not letting me go

when we were parting

while in shyness of being watched

I buried my face of love on your chest

My man

thank you

for still trying

to build bridges of understanding

until this moment

and not giving up easily

though engulfed by darkness

without even a spark of light.

My man

thank you

in waves of thorny obstacles

ocean of fire and non-stop missiles

we are still there

as how you want it

as how I want it

as what we promised

during the most beautiful fall of yesteryear

Thank you God.

 

*Al Nakba means catastrophe, referring to the 1948 incident of expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians when the state of Israel was created. Until now, the Palestinians who left their homeland were not allowed to return and the Al Nakba continued.

 

POEMS WRITTEN BY SITI RUQAIYAH HASHIM

 

 

A3ROKI

ROKIAH HASHIM from  Malaysia writes  using  the name of Siti Ruqaiyah Hashim. She graduated from University of Science in Malaysia  in Theatre and Drama, then continued her studies in University of Sydney and obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Translation from Institute of Translations and Books in Malaysia. Starting from  1987 her poems and short stories were published by mainstream literature magazines and newspapers.  She is also prolific in film and theatre critics and wrote since 2007 in her column in a major national daily in Malaysia and published a film critic book in 2015 and some 250 articles. A bi-lingual anthology of her poems titled  Catharsis/Katarsis in English and Bahasa Melayu  (2015) and Spanish (2016). Her bi-lingual anthology together with 12 other world peace poets titled News From Strasbourg was published in 2017. Her second bi-lingual World Peace Poem anthology titled Peace Be Upon You Davos was published in 2019 in Zagreb.    Her collection of poems were translated and published in Albanian by Ditet E Naimit 2019 titled Rerat E Sri Lavender. She translated poems of Shaip Emerllahu Into Bahasa Melayu and published the          bi-lingual titled Epal Tetovo/Apples (2019) . Her works also appeared in numerous other anthologies together with other world poets and in foreign magazines and newspaper. Her poems were translated into 16 languages including English,Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish , Turkish, Russian,  French,Japanese etc.  She attended numerous poem festivals all over the world. She lives in Europe and Malaysia and an associate author with International magazine Diogen Pro Culture for World Peace (USA), Poetrybay (USA),Greenwatch Bangladesh, Campus 247.Wordpress (Ghana), Atunis Galaktike Poetry (Brussels) IWABOGDANI (Brussels) and many others. Her poem won Best Poem in Croatia (2019).She was awarded by  IWABOGDANI  Brussels and Yalta 10th Chekov Festival in 2019.  International Forum of Creativity and Humanity (IFCH) based in Morocco recently awarded her Excellence in Recognition of Humanitarian and Cultural Fields and on International Women’s Day 2020 she was awarded Ideal Arab Leadership Woman. She was also appointed Ambassador of Humanity from Malaysia by IFCH.

                             

 

 

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Mbizo CHIRASHA, Contributing Editor  to the Diasporian Online.  Chronicler and Publisher , AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN. Chief Editor at TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC. Projects Curator at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Chief Influencer at Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Author and Editor at Porcupine Quill. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist. 2020 Free Speech Fellow at PEN Deutschland.2020 Poet in Residence of the Fictional Café . 2019 African Fellow of the Ihraf.org. Contributing Writer at Monk Arts and Soul Magazine . Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie at Bezine Arts and Humanities Magazine and The Poet A Day. Featured Poetry Artist at World BeyondWar.Org. Arts Features and Political commentary Writer at Cultural Weekly. Featured African Writer at Demer Press International Poetry Series . Featured African Performance Poet at 2020 Medellin International Poetry Festival. Featured Poet/Writer at INKSWEATAND TEARS Journal.2019 Live Literature Hub Curator/Producer at Sotambe International Film Arts FESTIVAL. 2009 Poet in Residence at International Africa Culture and Development, ICACD). 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate of ZimBookFair to Goteborg International Book Fair, SIDA African Pavilion . Co-Editor of a three Languages International collection STREET VOICES with prominent Germany Author Andreas Weiland . Featured Poet at Cervena Barva Press Newsletter. Literary Arts and Poetry Contributor to the Zimbabwean Voice of the Voiceless Newspaper. African Participant to the World Poetry Almanac Book Series in Mongolia. Resident Coordinator for 100 Thousand POETS for Peace- Zimbabwe. Founder and Creative Director at GirlChildcreativity Project . Writer in Residence. Global LITERARY Arts Projects Influencer. Published Author and International Acclaimed Poet.

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