Mother!

By Bagher Ataei
Translation by Asadullah Jafari “Pezhman”

Photo by Asadullah Jafari “Pezhman” Picture of Zahra Mohammadi the photographer’s mother

I kiss the mother’s cute hands

I can hear the mother’s voice

Know the value of the mother, O youth

Serve, become a solider of the mother

If you are proud, if you are a king

But avoid your mother, you are a beggar

Chivalry is not about money and property

Serve the mother, and you are a head man

Do not make her shed tears in her old age

Salve the wrinkled hands of the mother

If she is alone, oppressed, and sick

Comfort her broken heart

Dear mother is the epitome of goodness

A smile is on her face in difficulties

Even if she has sorrow’s mountain in her heart

She is the source of all joys!

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Writing by Afghan writers. Editor/Publisher: Nancy Antle; Editor: Pamela Hart