​The Stone Hearted. 

Before your steps 
carefully, I spread 

my winged heart 

to make it grow 

and be inspired 

by a strange heart

that is caged in your chest.
To triumph over that stone heart 

I chose to forgo my last breath –

crossed millions of miles 

and sailed boundless stormy oceans.


With my flung open heart 

in aloneness, i descended 

dried fields of inexplicable

by holding my fingers 

in my own wound 

the strange skies even shed. 
Yet, I couldn’t tarry longer

my boundless love called 

all things unto her calls me

I closed my eyes and murmured 

my fervent prayers in the silence

of my own restless soul. 
I embarked and fasten my steps

in routing towards you 

to embrace the future 

beside you with longing

even through my broken vessels

and my crushed soul. 


To reach your ethereal hands  

too many fragments of the spirit 

have I scattered in your ways.
I slowly picked up and put

them together – 

scrambled towards you.
I knocked every known 

and unknown doors

and accepted to bleed 

willingly and joyfully
I followed your footprints  

into the seasonless world 

where you laughed and in 

adoration enfolded me 

you touched my naked soul

and dominated my whole existence.
Let me carry your all sorrows 

and owe you boundless joy 

by unveiling the mist of pain 

occupied your angelic face 

that begs for a soft hand.  

By: Abdul Samad Haidari 

About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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