For National Poetry Month, I decided to give a
call out to this enlightening post for We Are The World blogfest!
Hurry: A poem from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project
We have such a short time to do this good work,
to forgive each other’s small mistakes,
to pay attention to positive points.
We must practice being good people, and
destroy the lens of pessimism in our eyes,
and see the facts of life.
Why are we born to this world,
and what are our plans for this life?
Are they the destruction or betterment of our world?
I try to smile. I don’t have money, power
or authority, but I have God who gave me
a mouth with lips for smiling, I have language for speaking,
I can use them for good,
to carry messages of peace and love and forgiveness.
I can smile to grow the root of the friendship tree.
We have such short time to do good work.
Beyond the difficulty she faces,
Nasima sees a choice between contributing to the
destruction or betterment of the world.
And, despite lacking “money, power or authority,”
she views her ability to smile, to speak,
and to do good work as a gift from God.
There are more stories like this out there.
You simply have to open your eyes and heart.
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