On International Women’s Day

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How shall I celebrate my day?
Should I observe it with awards
For successful women?
Or sit with the victims of violence?

Alive

smiling-at-empowerment

I am alive
For those who wait
Who believe
Someone is there to help

Doors

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Everyone has an opinion.
One says, stop your job.
Another says, you should not have married
or you should not have children.

Rainbow

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I once read how if a person prays during a rainfall, the prayer will be heard.

My Dear Sister

Farahi-girl-in-crowd

I wish you could wear the white school headscarf,
rather than wear the green wedding veil,
sleep all night so you could do well
in your studies,
rather than stay up all night for the baby.

All That an Afghan Girl Needs

Fawzia-reading

a book to read
a pen to write
school to learn
shelter to spend the night

Lullaby

kabul-bomb-blast

The cruel bomb attacks have been their lullaby,
The song of their youth in their memory.

Winter Reverie

snowy-mountains

Reverie of snow
Spreading its white blanket
Covering trees with a white umbrella

Love Song of Winter

frosted-leaves

The winter came with
singing and dancing
bringing the message of peace

Love Is in Exile

shell

When my heart is knocked
I sneak under a shell
Close my eyes and
I weep for my heart