The Land of Living

The Land of Living
by Farah Afshari

The face of a man lying in the dust

hidden from shying eyes

Children remembering the moment of disaster dead or alive

silent as innocence makes

I see you walking past

wearing the news on your feet

words of wisdom as dust in the wind

bring no mircale

war continues through the streets of dark shadows playing guns taking land, building endless walls

No  pain counts, no views, no history, no beliefs, no faces of humans eating dust in the streets of disaster,

and grief walks naked, heavy eyes calling names of those gone one by one in the streets of disaster

Come to me, come to me, I have poetry screaming in my veins, blood shouting out of my mouth, and miracles growing out of my eyes

come to see I was, am, will be the land of my people, to hold them in, feed their children, be their love

I am the land of living 

Farah Afshari


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In a world of unawareness & …silence, what a prevailing message you holler!


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Dear Farah

by Azadeh Azad on

Thank you for this powerful and timely poem.

Someone should tell the two sides of any conflict - great and small - that the only intelligent and effective way to destroy one’s enemies is to turn them into one’s friends.


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Farah, excellent poem that

by Mariam Amiri on

Farah, excellent poem that invokes the daily life of people under seige in a vivid way. Your poem reminds me of Mahmood Darwish's seige poem:


Under Siege

Here on the slopes of hills, facing the dusk and the cannon of time

Close to the gardens of broken shadows,

We do what prisoners do,

And what the jobless do:

We cultivate hope.

A woman told the cloud: cover my beloved

For my clothing is drenched with his blood.
If you are not rain, my love

Be tree

Sated with fertility, be tree

If you are not tree, my love

Be stone

Saturated with humidity, be stone

If you are not stone, my love

Be moon

In the dream of the beloved woman, be moon     So spoke a woman to her son at his funeral


In the state of siege, time becomes space

Transfixed in its eternity

In the state of siege, space becomes time

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Sorry, but for the last 60 yrs, it's been the land of the damned

by Arash Monzavi-Kia on

The nation of Israel wants to survive, prosper and grow; and to that end, is prepared to sabotage, attack and demolish its enemies. Unfortunately, as Israel has been created over the pain and suffering of Muslim Arabs, its enemies constitute a vast portion of the Islamic world!

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