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Afghan poets tackle scars of war : will the poets and people of Afghanistan wait for ‎peace in vain?‎

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Waiting for Peace

Will the poets and people of Afghanistan wait for peace in vain?

Isn’t there poetry in every human heart, and not just the poet’s heart, that compels a humane reaction to bloodshed?

BBC Pashto Service 26/4/09

Young poets in Kabul, such as Muhammad Numan Dost, tell of mourning children lying on the graves of their dead parents after a suicide bomber “in exchange for heaven, cut to pieces a few lives now lying on the street”.

“It is not the poets’ choice to write about war and violence, they are compelled to do so – to express their reaction and hatred to bloodshed,” says Darwesh Durrani, a popular Pashto poet and professor of literature.

Then there is Zarlasht Hafeez, a female Pashto poet who has published a collection called “Waiting for Peace”. Her lines read:

“The sorrow and grief, these black evenings,

Eyes full of tears and times full of sadness,

These burnt hearts, the killing of youths,

These unfulfilled expectations and unmet hopes of brides,

With a hatred for war, I call time and again,

I wait for peace for the grief-stricken Pashtuns”

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