Sutter Mandi
Pre-partition structure Sutter Mandi – Lahore, Pakistan

Stood defiant in the face of history
Each brick cemented with a memory
Whispers once shared in one tongue
Which anthem shall now be sung?


Thanks to Liaqat Ali Vance for this photo and to @LahoreMore for sharing it on Twitter and providing inspiration for my poem.

20 thoughts on “Defiant!

  1. I wish more of sanity had stood defiant in the face of history, much like this structure (and I’m not talking only of the subcontinent).

    You’ve said so much in those 4 lines!


  2. Dear Sonya,

    This is a wonderful photo and a powerful poem.

    All the many tongues think they’re number one.

    All good wishes,



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