When life’s pathways
are darkened
by darkness and gloom;
therein the flowers of hope
once you carefully cherished,
slowly begin to wilt
of their reviving bloom.

When your hopes
once with much joy
you nourished
begin to slowly die
but all you can do is:
to helplessly ‘bury them’
with your bare hands,
and then purposely
walk by.

Therein the gales of sorrow
with despair overtake you
for the rest of your life
by its heinous spell of
brooding grief;
life becomes only a burden –
everything becomes meaningless,
and even your shadow denies
to grant you a relief.

The bright dreams
for a peaceful future,
once armed you from fears,
will too slowly begin to vanish
in one isolated corner
of your perished heart.

And then,
all will remain with you
will be your gushing tears;
that will accompany you
throughout your life.

Each time you recall
your old friendly days,
tears will come,
streaming down
across your exhausted face;
and you will learn to fall asleep
with their dried marks,
left on your pale cheeks.

This is all,
what I do now;
perhaps, this all
a poor refugee
can do at the moment
as you see!
By: Abdul Samad Haidari
(05/06/2018 – 08:03 PM).

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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