Before I ever married
used to have
Her fearful screams shook me
I would wake her, ask her
Blank-eyed she would stare at me.
She couldn’t remember her dreams.
One day a nightmare woke her
but she did not scream
She held me tight in silent fear
I asked her
She opened her eyes and thanked the heavens
“I dreamt that you were drowning”.
“And I jumped into the river to save you”.
That night she lightning
killed our buffalo and my fiance.
Then one night my mother slept
And I stayed up
Watching her open and shut her fist
She was trying to hold on to something
Failing, and willing herself to hold on again.
I woke her
But she refused to tell me her dream.
Since that day
I have not slept soundly.
I moved to the other courtyard.
Now I and my mother both scream
through our nightmares.
And if someone asks us
we just tell them
we can´t remember our dreams
Translated from the urdu by Rukhsana Ahmad
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