My Poem Fight Published by Kashmir Pen Newspaper #poetry #published poem #prose poem

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I am grateful to Mushtaq Bala – the Editor-In-Chief of KASHMIR PEN – for inviting me to publish my work in his newspaper.


Purple roots cover all trails that go to the foothills.
Veins that the earth pushed to the surface.
I smell lavender.
Your words grow in the breeze like a dough under the whispers of the moon. 
For three thousand years, sung by the poets of this land,
the naked shoulder of the mountain reigned in stillness.
The sky made itself invisible into a wooden box where my grandmother kept her rings:
memories of loves that now fit in a small chamber.
The sea and the afternoon’s breaths eclipse the taste of your colors. 
The blue that slipped between the same branches of the old poplar tree
stares me in the eyes.
Clouds ossify the fight of the earth against the earth.
Between my palms the body of a thin yellow candle.
I remember walking on a street where children were hungry and had no shoes.
I took my shoes off and wiped my tears with the back of palms.
Under my eyes the skin became red and rough.  
I wrote I love you on your left cheek. 
I threw all the silver coins I had onto the dust of the street.
They were meant for the dead.
Let them help the living.
I remember your hand caressing the silk of my dress.
I purge all memories except one that belongs to the future.
You and I chanting to the incarnation of love under a tree on the island where I was born.
The island where it is always spring and the earth that does not fight against the earth.
Did I tell you I was born on an island?

This poem will be included in my upcoming poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose.

Fight was published together with If Only … Autumn in the 19, 2020 November edition of KASHMIR PEN.

My poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings is available on Amazon here .
Passions featured in San Francisco Book Review
Passions featured in Manhattan Book Review.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

144 thoughts on “My Poem Fight Published by Kashmir Pen Newspaper #poetry #published poem #prose poem

      1. Yay! He loves it. I am thrilled for everyone. You guys take good care of yourselves.

    1. Oh, Ingrid, you are so sweet. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope everything is ok with you.
      Sending love.

  1. Dearest Button, Congratulations, on this lovely publication.

    This piece tugs at ever sense and pulls at our tenderest heartstrings. Every line has such a deep emotion and imagery attached to it. So beautifully haunting and impossible to read without walking along side you in our heart and minds.
    This is a simply brilliant piece of writing which touches one in the deepest way. It makes us feel and think about our own love, losses, places loved, memories protected and ourselves as children. It feels like a very special gift.

    Love you,

    1. My Dearest Honeybun, thank you so much for your wonderful words. You touched my heart. You are such a wonderful friend.
      With all my heart: Thank you again.
      Have a beautiful day, hon.
      Much love
      G (button)

  2. Well done and rightly so!
    An outstanding collage of emotion and love!

    A standing ovation from Penn Beacon (not quite an island, but a peninsula).
    Nick xo

    1. Nick, I am so grateful to you for your beautiful comment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Penn Beacon! I’ve never been there. It must be gorgeous.

    1. Thank you so much my dear. Your words mean a lot to me. May your rest of the day be fabulous!

  3. much beautiful and heart touching poem of my lovely Kashmir.a bucket of congratulations for publishing in Kashmir Pen.most clarification of kashmir’s situation,dear G!!

    1. Thank you so much. Your support is so dear to me ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Dearest Gabriela, The metaphors….the imagery….the flow of emotions….the way you’ve expressed every word….I’m spellbound….I was reading this piece as if the words were flowing in air from my screen….you had me at “Purple roots cover all trails that go to the foothills….Veins that the earth pushed to the surface….I smell lavender.”….this is such an amazing creation….I’m speechless & my eyes are wide open….congratulations as well….did I tell you, I’m in love with your lines? ❤️

    1. Navi, my dearest, you filled my morning with sunshine. Thank you for your beautiful comment and for the praise. You made me blush. You are a darling and I am most grateful to you for your support. But first you are a great poet. I am as spellbound when it comes to your poetry as you are when it comes to mine. There.
      Sending you plenty of love. I hope your weekend is magnificent.

      1. Even your reply to my comments are beautiful, dearest Gabriela….it’s so kind of you to say that you’re spellbound to my poetry….when you’re the magician….my gratitude to you….much love & have a beautiful & peaceful weekend with light & love….

  5. Beautiful, as always, my friend! Strong imagery delivered with such emotion and tone. It is a mosaic of splendid word play and metaphor. They are privileged to share your worthy work. xoxoxo

    1. My Dear Brad,
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Your words warmed my heart and made me happy. I am privileged to have you as a friend.
      Have a beautiful weekend.

    1. Sweetheart, thank you so much for your congrats and your beautiful words. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  6. G,

    You deserve all the recognition that you get and more. This is, unsurprisingly, stunning… I think you’re an inspiration for any aspiring poet – well done!

    the naked shoulder of the mountain reigned in stillness.

    I never thought a mountain ⛰️ could be made to seem sexy, but you’ve gone and done it.

    1. Hello ben,
      Oh, thank you so much for the praise. Your words humbled me. You are a dear friend and a great poet.
      “I never thought a mountain ⛰️ could be made to seem sexy, but you’ve gone and done it.” It did not occur to me I made it sexy 🙂 But if you say so I believe you.
      Have a wonderful weekend.
      Best to you and to those you love.

  7. Near absolute perfection and I mean it. The piece is such beautifully drenched in sweet metaphors and golden words, that it makes me smile. Outstanding imagery interlaced with emotions. Really a stunning approach.

    “The sea and the afternoon’s breaths eclipse the taste of your colors.” Wow. Just pure wow.
    Congratulations on your publication. It truly is a masterpiece.

    1. Aw… thank you so much my dear friend. Thank you for your beautiful words and the congrats. You make me feel good. I am glad you liked that line.
      I hope your weekend is going well and it’s filled with love and inspiration.
      Love and hugs to you

      1. My absolute pleasure dear friend. It’s a pleasure to write to you and I’m thrilled to know that I make you feel good.
        My week’s pretty good. School starts again in some days. I hope for the same for you.
        I hope the semester is going well. Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

      2. Good luck with school Shanyu. I wish you a wonderful semester. My semester will be over soon. It has been a difficult period but it’s getting better re: work load.
        Sending chocolate your way.

      3. Thank you so very much G! It isn’t a new semester though. Just a brief break.
        Thank you for the chocolate. I bet it’s milk chocolate.

  8. This is such a wordless piece Gabriella. So breathtaking and I truly find it to be one of my favorites of yours! It is breathtaking and flows with such tender love and sadness of the journey to be human, while living in such challenging times. Congratulations!!!

    1. Good morning Cindy,
      Thank you for your beautiful comment and for the congrats. Your words made me happy. They also made me reflect again on the human condition.
      Have a wonderful weekend my dear. Enjoy every minute.
      Sending you love

      1. Good Morning Gabriella! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!! I’m glad they have meaning for you! I will… starting out with a hike and looking forward to it. You have a good one as well! Love back to you!
        💕 Cindy

    1. Thank you so much my dearest Yassy. Sending you love. Have a beautiful weekend and stay safe ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Cheryl, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You brighten my evening.
      May your Sunday be fabulous.
      Stay safe.

  9. Congratulations on the publication. 🙂

    This is my favorite line by you: (The blue that slipped between the same branches of the old poplar tree
    stares me in the eyes.
    Clouds ossify the fight of the earth against the earth.)

    Very metaphorical and so wonderfully expressed. 🙂

    1. Hello my dearest Charlie and thank you fir your wonderful comment. Where have you been? I did not see you in the reader fir a long time. You ok?

      1. I’ve been editing my 3 trilogy books back to back. And I officially got me (Instagram). I’m active on their and here as well. Don’t worry. I am not abandoning WordPress. This is my home still. Plus, on Instagram…I became a member of a collective poet group called: Paradise Poets. 🙂 I’m good and happy.

        I posted 2 poems this week and tomorrow I’m posting my last rhyme poem. The two poems you’ll read are rhyme experimental humor poems. 🙂

        How have you been? Do you have Instagram?

      2. I am glad you are ok and are editing a trilogy. That’s exceptional news. No, I am not on Instagram yet. I mean I do have an account but it’s private. I am not active at all. I will do it if I find time. Anyway good luck with the trilogy and have fun on Instagram 💕🌸💕🌸

  10. Gabriela I have finished your wonderful poetry collection and left you a review on Amazon. I look forward to the next: please keep us posted ❤️🙏

    1. Ingrid, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness. It really means the world to me. I can’t see the review yet. But I am sure I will be able to see it soon. Amazon has some strange policies lately.
      Have a beautiful week ahead and thank you again.

  11. Good Lord, Gabriela. This burst my heart wide open and You brought tears to my eyes. Reeling. Absolutely, achingly beautiful. Thank You. ❤️❤️❤️ And Congratulations!!! 🤗❤️😊

    1. Thank you my dearest Queen of Romance. It feels so good to have you reading my work.
      Love and huge hugs, Katy.

      1. Ahhhh…..You just gifted me my first laugh of the day! 😅 “Queen of Romance” coming from You is like the brilliant summer sky telling a forget-me-not it’s the Queen of Blue! So sweet!!! 🤗🤗🤗 And as all-ways, my pleasure, sweet Gabriela! 💕

      2. I thought we agreed. My fabulous Katy is the Queen of Romance.
        “forget-me-not” How beautiful. How sweet. I am thinking…
        Sending love and big hugs.

  12. Darling G, not only were you born on an island:

    you, are an island –
    a haven
    a history
    Somewhere where I see me,
    Your mysteries
    infused with the sea and
    lavender and lush
    Fruit and trees
    You, my dear G,
    are poetry


    1. Oh, Rachel, that’s superb. Is that for me? I can believe it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your magnificent words made my day. Sending you a second boat filled with love. May your summer be beautiful. May you be happy forever ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

      1. Oh yes Gabriela, those little words are written by me to you. Of course, they can never be enough, but when I read you I am always so inspired. If I can make your day that makes me so happy, that alone gives me a boatload full of love xxxxxxxxxxx

      2. Thank you for them. They are more than enough. Thank you for being here. Thank you for the love,

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