A poem by Nematullah Ahangosh

Here & there
Out & about
I’m wandering
Waiting for the day to come
One more time when I overcome
All challenges that war brought
One more time
One more cup of green tea
With a friend under a tree
One more time to feel the sun
On my face for as long as I can
One more time to sit in the garden
To listen to the songbird singing from heaven
To read one more good book
Most of all I want to sleep
With peace of mind
Without thinking about 9/11
& what it brought
One more time
Without war and fighting
One more time
Let the kids play
Fly their kites
Soaring high in the sky
Let the children laugh
A laughter that can reach heaven
Let them to go to school confidently
One more time
Let the mothers not worry
About their kids
Just one more time

*Comment from Nematullah: “I wrote this poem when I was thinking about how people wish to experience one more time a moment of their life which was great before 9/11.”

About the Author: Nematullah Ahangosh was born in Ghazni and attended school in Kabul. He has worked as a teacher in an Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camp in Kabul through Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) for two years. He has been an active member of Afghan Peace Volunteers since 2014. In January of 2018 he established a library, the Dupree Library in honor of Nancy Hatch Dupree, which is still being run by volunteers. In 2018, JRS awarded Nemat a full scholarship to complete his undergraduate studies in India. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) at Madras School of Social Work. Over the years he has tried to give back to the community as a peace and education activist and hopes to be an activist for nonviolence in the future. He is very fond of writing and reading poetry.

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