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.
To read further in this article, and to find out how to give to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, visit the Fetzer post.
There are more stories like this out there.
You simply have to open your eyes and heart.
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Shred Kate. Thanks. Happy Friday!
Thank you for bringing this story to us, Kate. And thanks for participating in the #WATWB
You are welcome… and then there is this, which always cracks me up — “Dr. Kill Patient”!
This is a wonderful poem! Nasima has a positive heart that comes from faith and love. I hope she continues to do her good works and inspires others to do the same.
Yes… It moved my heart.
I so appreciate this contribution to #WATWB – thank you. What powerful work the Afghan Women’s Writing Project is doing, and kudos to all the women participating.
Such beautiful poetry and strength. Always looking to make the world a better place.
Thank you so much! Team #WATWB
Yes, lovely isn’t it?
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I really love this, Kate. All countries need writing, art, music projects. That this is happening for Afghan women makes it all the more powerful. And to think it begun around kitchen table discussions – I could wax on about that for a while. You have treated us. Thank you.
Thank you — for helping to lead this rag-tag group!
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This is such an amazing project, Kate: thanks for highlighting it for WATWB!
This is an amazing project…via the written word, Afghan women are spreading positive ideas and empowering themselves!
Thank you for sharing Nasima’s powerful thoughts that we choose between contributing to the destruction or betterment of the world. 🙂
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