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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

When the Monsters Come

Contributed by Mahnaz, for the Afghan Women's Writing Project. The original poem can be found here.

People in Kunduz lock their doors
Praying that no one knocks
Women shiver; hide in basements and behind walls
Crying for their honor and safety
Children call for food
The electricity is gone
The heart of Kunduz bleeds
The monster is reborn
The Taliban, those scorpions
In black turbans
They sting our nation
With their poison
Father is afraid to go out
Grandmother warns him from death
Mother is searching for a burqa
Sister is cutting her long hair
She wants to dress like a man
She must avoid being raped
The younger sister cries
Her school has been closed for three days
She cradles her books
Thinking of her teachers
The neighbor’s screech echoes in the yard
Her son was beheaded by the Taliban
The scorpions swarm
The streets of Kunduz
As they shout Sharia, Sharia
The monster is reborn