Solidarity

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If we join together, clean up
our hearts, are honest
with each other, no one,
no one can steal our cheer.
No one can stop our movement.

Me and Others

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Under my control are my heart, my feelings,
my wants, and I choose to be compassionate.
Yet suffering and sickness are human too—
Lying, cheating, selfishness, hatred.

They Do Love Me Too

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He teaches me to bike when no one is home
He tells me the stories of outside
He always leaves half of his food for me

It Hurts Me

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When I wait on the street
and people judge me by how I look
because I am a girl

Gender Divide

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I can fall in love
And leave when I tire of it
I can smoke while walking freely
under the rain …

Voices from Jalalabad

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While I walk in the streets of Nangarhar,
I see men looking at me — they are like animals.

Why Fear

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I wanted to dance. Fear locked my feet and arms.
I wanted to shout back at men on the street.
Fear told me only bad girls talk back… don’t shame your family…

Love You

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My eyes don’t tell you I love you?

For Our President

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Be loyal, wise, and we
will support you through
all. You have given hope
to the eyes of the old,
the eyes of the child.

Clouds

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In a single day, I have never seen
the blue sky, the shining, morning sun,
sunset in the afternoon,
the stars twinkling at night,
or the moon’s beauty.