My heart bleeds for thee, little cherubs of Peshawar

Published: May 16, 2015

Students hold photographs of their schoolmates killed in an attack by Taliban gunmen on APS, during a protest in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS

A photograph posted by APS student Talha Munir Paracha on his Facebook page. PHOTO: FACEBOOK Students hold photographs of their schoolmates killed in an attack by Taliban gunmen on APS, during a protest in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS

O little cherubs of Peshawar,

I am sorry for thee: thou departed from this world too soon,

To thy heavenly abode.

But I am content, for thou shalt at least be safe in heaven,

That is bereft of earthly demons.


I am sorry for thee, thou must have gone through immense pain,

And suffering at the hands of mindless beasts,

Who came to thy school on a bloody feast,

Inflicting gaping wounds on thy little, fragile bodies.


What was thy fault, thou must have wondered?

Thou were good at studies; thou wouldst do homework on time,

Thou were disciplined and punctual too,

Besides being messengers of peace.


Thou were no children of a lesser God,

Thou were endowed with eyes, hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions.

Thou wouldst feel pain when hurt, bleed when pricked,

And laugh when tickled.


But my little cherubs of Peshawar,

I am sorry for thee, thou were faced with,

A stony adversary, inhuman wretches,

Incapable of pity, void and empty,

From any dram of mercy.


I am sorry for thee,

For thou deserved nothing but peace and amity,

And a world where the kingdom of God prevailed, instead of Satan’s, alas.


Verily, I am sorry for us, for what’s this world without thy smiles, giggles, and chuckles?

What’s this world without thine innocence and truth?

Nothing, my angels, nothing.


It is barren without thee, devoid of its raison d’être,

Wherefore should it even exist now?

I for one do not feel like living in this brutal world anymore.


For my heart bleeds for thee, little cherubs of Peshawar.



Sapan Kapoor

Sapan Kapoor

A history buff and India-based journalist, the author has worked with the Press Trust of India. He blogs at and tweets as @dRaconteur.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Prashant

    Good one Sapan.Recommend

  • Ali Hasan Khan

    Dear writer, thanks for your writing. But please also be aware of the fact that, presently, all fingers are being pointed towards your RAW that it was actually behind this attack. Please have some courage to write something against them too.

  • Milind A

    Ok Mr. bleeding-heart, misty-eyed doe… what stops you from naming the “A stony adversary, inhuman wretches,Incapable of pity, void and empty”???Why be hazy like Imran Khan, while naming the Talibans or Islamists as adversary, for that carnage…

    Or is you’re zeal reserved only against Hindutvawadis and Modi, who you blame in no uncertain terms?Recommend

  • Parvez

    The man has the moral rectitude, the sympathetic heart, the sheer humanity to write this beautiful piece……. I salute his courage. Recommend

  • Gulchand Mehta

    You are 5 months lateRecommend

  • siesmann

    Go on dreaming and spinning conspiracy theories while your favourite heroes,the Taliban keep slaughtering you at will.Look into madrassas and maulvis if you need to find the real culprits.Recommend

  • Jasvinder Singh Marwaha

    If you sow wind, you shall reap whirlwind.Recommend

  • Jasvinder Singh Marwaha

    Do you really believe that RAW has done it?Recommend