Black and White

Black spot on white paper.
After the black spot, the lines
go straight and tilt.
They follow each other.

The white paper
will be filled,
filled with curved lines,
straight and broken.

The lines will turn
into words, words
repeated, and finally
to sentences,

sentences, that hold a message,
a message to say, to express
our feelings, to share
our understanding.

Perhaps this is the reason—separation and links,
These are the reasons for wars and peace.

Words repeated—a child’s call to her mother.
I love you, Mama!

A husband’s words for his wife,
I love you, Love.

And finally, the sentences of a patriot
for her beloved country,
words of hope,
I love mother and father and my homeland
in black ink on white paper.

By Nasima

How to Say “I Love You” in Dari by Transparent Dari.


  1. Alexis Wiggins says:

    Simple and beautiful, like calligraphy on the page.

  2. Nasima

    Absolutely beautiful. The flow of your words conjures the image of the flow of the pen.

    How do you say “I love you” in Dari?

    Thank you,


    • Anonymous says:

      Dear elaine,

      So many thanks for all,it gve me self confidence to continued my writing and “I love you” in Dari says: ” Dostat Daram.”

  3. Elizabeth Titus says:

    Dear Nasima,

    What a stunning, remarkable poem you have written!
    Your voice is utterly original and I look forward to more from you,

  4. James Primm says:

    Your words in the poem are descriptive to a point that I can almost hear a pen being scraped across a piece of paper. This a beautiful example of expression and I believe you have a real gift for bringing what is in your mind to life for those who read your work to enjoy. The way you are able to bring the reader directly onto the piece of paper you are writing on is brilliant and something that you should pursue always.


  5. I think this poem is beutiful. I really agree with that writing is just more than “a black spot on a white paper”. It was really wonderful. I do really love to write and now I think it has more of a meaning.
    Nasima, this poem taught me the most about writing and now it has a meaning to me.


  6. sentences, that hold a message,
    a message to say, to express
    our feelings, to share
    our understanding.

    This passage speaks to me the most. That is the reason I love to write. I like to express myself by using words. But like you said, it is much more than ink on paper. They are a message that I want to share. Thank you for this wonderful piece of writing.


  7. I love your poem. The passedge I loved the most was ” I love my mother,my father, and my homeland” black spot on white paper.this I thought was special to me because I do love my mother, my father and my homeland. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Thanks Mckinley

  8. Black spot on white paper.
    It is an amazing poem I love how you chose the wording.

  9. Nasima,
    I enjoyed this poem because it showed how that one dot on the paper could completely change the whole paper, and how the markings that make the sentence on that paper are repeated many, many times every day.

  10. Beautiful! I can relate to the words of love. I for one love everything. I can and I try not to hate. I can relate to every word of love which I think that it involves peace.


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