The other face of paradise


That blue and colourful sky

that used to shoot

silver rays of sunshine

is perplexed, desperate perhaps.


The sky is thickened

by burning tower of flame;

explodes produce dark smoke

from across the highways

with torching blaze of

tires and skulls of smoked cars.


Armed police forces are everywhere,

marching here and there

as if they are heading to war –

the siren sounds of ambulances are high,

echoing back in my ears that remind me

of my little sister’s screaming sound

during the war back home.


The crowded streets are empty,

the macet roads are blank, silent,

singing the song of whims

with fear which I can notice

in the mixed feeling of my friends’

worrying posts on social media.


I wonder,

why do they turn this green heaven

into a smoked hell?

Let tranquility loom here…

Let the fresh breezing blow

the aura of love, kindness,

acceptances and tolerance…

Reliable slogans crashed

a similar place,

once I knew was peaceful,

beautiful and promising.


Jakarta is beautiful and lively

with its all heavy macetness –

flocks of white-dressed students

in the early morning

give me the finest feeling,

I wish I could experience,

in my war-torn country!


May this green heaven,

forever remain green!


@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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