Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow


Yesterday my sister was afraid of going outside,
Today my sisters are going to school,
And tomorrow they will work outside of the home.

Yesterday my sister was stoned.
Today she is studying to be a doctor,
And tomorrow she will save a life.

Yesterday my sister’s dream was to have a book.
Now she is in the library,
And tomorrow she will write the book.

Yesterday my sister looked at the world through a small window.
Today she sees the world through her camera,|
And tomorrow the world will see everything through her documentaries.

Yesterday my country’s women had no rights.
Now they are fighting for their rights,
And tomorrow they will have the same rights as men.

Yesterday my country was a desert.
Now my brothers and sisters are planting trees,
And tomorrow, in this garden together, we will live in peace.

By  Masooma

Photo of photographer Farzana Wahidy by Syed Nazakat.


  1. Dearest Masooma: As on Facebook, there are “like” buttons, I wish that here, there were “love” buttons and I would keep clicking and clicking and clicking away. This is a deeply inspirational poem, Masooma. In a handful of stanzas, you say so very much. Godspeed to you and your countrywomen. Well done here, Madam Poet! Stacy

  2. Therese Close says:

    Dear Masooma,
    Thank you so much for your beautiful poem filled with hope for your countrywomen. I pray that all of the things you speak of become reality for you and your sisters. Please keep writing beautiful, meaningful poetry. Therese

  3. Dearest Masooma,
    Once again, you have proven that you are a true poet. Each verse is a little world that expands with the light you shine on it. Together, they make a poem of gratitude and hope. You and your sisters will achieve your dreams because of women like you.

  4. Rosemary says:

    Dear Masooma,
    Your poem deeply moved me. I am so grateful to have read this, please keep writing.

  5. Wow, Masooma. This is a really stunning piece. Most of all, though, I enjoy the hope it exudes. Very, very well done!

    Keep on keeping on,

  6. Dear Masooma,
    I so love this poem. I love all of it, but especially, “Yesterday my sister’s dream was to have a book/ Now she is in the library/ And tomorrow she will write the book.” I love this, because YOU are writing the book TODAY. Thank you for the beauty and the hope. Onward & upward!

  7. Lovely.


  8. Pam Hart says:

    Dear Masooma,

    Last night I had the honor of reading your poem to an audience learning about AWWP. Your poem is filled with such hope and possibility! The brave words gave us all some hope too. Thank you for believing and for offering this hope in your poem.
    Kind regards,

  9. Yesterday, I did not know you.
    Today, unbid tears fell as I read your words.
    Tomorrow, I will return here to celebrate with you the making of a garden of peace.

  10. Svante Frebran says:

    I like this poem very much!
    It’s positive, constructive and filled with hope!

    Thank for sharing it, Masooma!

  11. great job dear Massoma

  12. sa.vijayalakshmi says:

    i like this poem…confident..


  13. mehria eshaghzey says:

    Dear Massomaou

    I really enjoyed your poem, may god will give you more inspiration to write more beautifull poems.

    May god bless you.


  14. This is truly EXCELLENT writing. Simply outstanding work. Thank you so much for writing.
    Warmly, Jeannie

  15. Hamed Haidari says:

    very nice Masooma jan, go ahead we are waiting for your next poems 😉

  16. Ali Safari says:

    Dear masooma,
    Really i read all your peoms all of them are meaningful, for your more success and next peoms i waiting wish you all the best.

    With Kind Regards
    Ali S@f@ri

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