Drops of Rain

Drops of Rain

Today it would be tricky to walk down the
alley but as I went down my road, I
skipped around the holes like I had wings to fly.

My Father, My Hero

My Father, My Hero

You faced many difficulties because of me,
worked through the cold and hot weather
with tears in your eyes and calluses on your hands.

Ume

Ume

I didn’t know walking but you showed me walking.
I didn’t know talking but you showed me talking.

Meena and Her Sons

Meena and Her Sons

Meena was the youngest daughter of a family of farmers in Behsod, a village in Nangarhar. When she turned fourteen, she was married off to a widower with two sons.

Doorways

Doorways

I heard a voice and felt led to it, a whimper of a child looking at me.
Her eyes were like bright stars, but behind the light was fear and grief.

Champion of Myths

Champion of Myths

Where is my voice? I cannot look at a barefoot, bewildered child
in the wreckage of my land anymore. I must find for myself
how to raise my voice, how to smile with my high hopes.

Saturn’s Music

Saturn’s Music

At night I watch Saturn moving above my street
Incomplete and alone. You, too, dear alien,
Are alone. If you can’t come, send your smile
If you can’t show your face, send your compassion