A poem by Nematullah Ahangosh

Cluster bombs in Afghanistan

There is a question
Don’t worry I want no answer
A minute I ask you to think
About it but think not answer
This question has no answer
An answer that you have not
An answer that you will not
If you don’t trust me
Ask others this question
The question seeks no answer
How can there be an answer
When a question is not asked
We must ask the question more
Yet answer once and only once
This question is not easy to ask
As there is no answer
A question without answer
Has always been difficult
I urge answer not
This question seeks thought
The question should lead
Lead to think
Think to lead life
Life that belongs to all
The question is
Can we be like animals?
Not hurt our species?
Those may teach us how to be humans

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

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