I’m like an old wilted tree;
standing all alone and withered,
yet firm and tall but alas,
I’m not free.

Like an old wilted tree;
while standing in the mid of
a scrubby desert;
snorting under the merciless
feet of the unkind thee.

An old wilted tree
that is burnt from the roots,
yet still scrambling to reach
the breath of an open sea.

You see,
my wings are entirely burnt
by now;
I’m burnt both from the roots
and brutally cut down
from the branches;
yet smiling back
to the flamboyant breeze of
the sizzling summer
to see the next dawn.

Like old wilted tree
that is slowly dying
of thirst and isolations;
by their silent mercy
and sometimes,
by their bitter humiliations.

I’m an old wilted tree;
who only holds counsel
with the lonely stars;
whose chopped branches
show their bleeding scars.
By: Abdul Samad Haidari
(11/07/2018 – 10:57 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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