Beautiful Words

I do not often read literary fiction, but one book I read in recent years is Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie. Just the words ‘Burnt Shadows’ are, to me, beautiful words. And they appear to derive from a stanza written by Sahir Ludhianvi:

In past wars only homes burnt, but this time
Don’t be surprised if even loneliness ignites.
In past wars only bodies burnt, but this time
Don’t be surprised if even shadows ignite.

What beautiful, evocative imagery!

Burnt Shadows


About Laurel C Kriegler

A born and bred South African, I was educated at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where I graduated with an Honours Degree (post-graduate) in Economics at the end of 2001. After spending several years gaining work experience in the UK, I returned to South Africa to get married. It was during the ensuing period that my pursuits of writing and editing took hold.
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