girl and mountain

Let us love and forgive
Let us love each other after now.
Let us stop killing our emotions
Our emotions make our life full of color.

Let us forgive all those who ignored our rights,
They stopped us from education,
They forced us to marry who we did not want,
Let us begin to work very hard to get back our rights.

Let us not be angry. It is not our fault to be a mother at 13,
Let us be a kind mother now, and give opportunity to our children
Send them to school,
Let them study as they want.

Let them choose their life partner.
Let us become a kind sister,
Let us love our family and our poor people.
Let us be a good father, and take our daughter to school, when the sun is shining.

It is beautiful to have your daughter’s hand in yours and walk with her.
Let us become a person who loves everyone,
Let us become a nice tree to provide shade for those working under the sun.
Let us laugh for each other and think we will die another day.

Let us be happy and smile when seeing a child
Let us respect elders and help those younger,
Listen to them and learn from their experience.
Let us become the best, even if we are a small bird.

If you smile, then life will smile to you.
If you find forgiveness, then life will forgive you.

By Seeta

A girl looks South into the mountains surrounding Lower Kajakan Village in the Shinwari District of Afghanistan. Photo by David Elmore.