Editor’s note: This poem was written following the tragic events in Kandahar on Sunday, March 11th, when a U.S. soldier went on a rampage, killing seventeen Afghan villagers.

New life is starting
New leaves are growing again,
The weather is getting sunny.
On one side of our country
People with big smiles on their faces
Welcome the warm spring
Making new wishes and hopes
For a better life
Songs sound in every corner of the city
People are going and coming


On the other side of the country,
Airplane sounds become the song of ears
Bombing, shooting, killing
Become part of their life
The city is quiet
The houses damaged
Every single person in their house
Becomes like a dead person
No one has hope
Even for a minute
Minutes pass for them like a year
Someone turned their happiness to sadness
No one cares about them
Saying sorry cannot salve their pains
The weather is crying
The earth is tired of keeping blood
Tears are coming down like rain
Someone cries because
He lost his mother
Another one cries for her husband,
Daughter, son, and mother
A barefoot child waits for her father
By the back of the door.

O my brothers, sisters
We all are members of a family
Let’s give pens and happiness to our family
Instead of guns and sorrow
No one will understand our pain
Except our own family members.
Let’s forget about
Which ethnicity we are
Let’s make our house
A better and safe place for our next generation.

By Zahra A.

Photo: Afghan police and residents stand around a van carrying victims’ bodies following an attack by a US soldier near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Sunday, March 11, 2012. I. SAMEEM/EPA.


  1. Kelly Caldwell says:

    “A barefoot child waits for her father/ by the back door.” A devastating, beautiful line in a fabulous poem. Well done, Zahra!

  2. There are so many people around the world praying for peace, along with you. I hope your call is answered very soon.

  3. “The weather is crying
    The earth is tired of keeping blood”

    Beautifully, tragically stated. Please continue writing your poetry, the world needs to hear.

  4. Zahra jan, my heart is full of pride that I know a strong girl like you. I will post this on my Wall for all my friends & relatives to see, OK? And I will share it with my book club members too. NowRoz Mubarak, dear girl!

  5. “Let’s forget about which ethnicity we are”

    Such powerful and meaningful words! Great job Zahra!

  6. Maddie and Lilla says:

    Thank you for showing us a side of this tragedy that we would have never seen otherwise. Your words are so honest and revealing, and it is amazing that you still have a hope for peace after all the tragedy that has happened to you. Thank you for writing, please write more :)

  7. Richelle McClain says:

    You are right, Zahra. “The earth is tired of keeping blood.” Thank you for expressing so eloquently your cry for peace.

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