The Day Afghanistan is Safe

A poem by Zahra Hussaini

The day Afghanistan is safe
And there is no bomb blast
The day Kabul is joy’s base
And people forgot the past

I will buy a guitar
I will go to the street and sing
to forget decades of war
I will fly with my wings

The day Afghanistan is safe
And there in no fear
Everywhere will be full of nice cafés
With people talking about love and cheer

I will buy a dress made of flowers;
run to the street and dance
I will see a woman full of power
I will laugh loudly and not lose the chance

The day Afghanistan is safe
And the Taliban stops the war
Girls will go to school with grace
And achieving dreams will not be far

I will buy a bouquet of red roses
To show my happiness and hope
The day Kabul is the capital of growth
I will shout my dreams to the globe

About the Author: Zahra Hussaini was born in 1994 in Iran. After the Taliban was defeated she and her family returned to Afghanistan. In 2011 she graduated from high school and in 2012 began studying at Bamyan University. She worked for the Jesuit Refugee Services in 2013 as a teacher and an accountant. She started writing poetry in 2014. Many of her poems were published on the Afghan Women’s Writing Project website. She has a Masters in Social Work from North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong, India.

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

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