Anwar Wafi

Heaven On Fire - Poem by Anwar Wafi

I saw them
Caravans of Men
And Angels
Coming out of Heaven!
Some wailing
Cleansing their wounds
Some sobbing
Looking backwards
Now and then.
Towards Hell
They went.
For in Heaven
No more could
They stay!

The green gardens
Of Heaven
Were engulfed
By the fires!
Around every tree
Human-like witches,
Eating the flesh
Of their dead
And sisters.

In the streams
Of “Ab-e-zam zam”(Sacred water)
The red blood
Of innocent people.
Where-in were they
Taking bath,
Human-like monsters.

In Heaven’s sacred streets
Were singing
Devil-like Humans
The satanic songs.
Their own
Brothers’ blood
They drank.
Sons of Adam
Ashamed Adam
Once again.

Heaven echoed
The cruel laughs
Of these
Devil-like Humans.
(Yeah! Humans
They were.)
Before whom once
Had bowed!
But now
Let alone
The Angels,
Even Satan
Was surprised
To behold their sight!

This poem was inspired by the recent fighting between the millitants and the Pakistani soldiers, in the valley of Swat, North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, resulting in a great massacre and human disaster forcing some more than 3 million people to leave their homes. Some of these people are living with their relatives in Peshawar (Capital of the porvince) and other safe areas, while majority of them live in the hot, tented refugee camps provided by the UN. About nine people are crowded into one tent, (many even dont have the tents) where there is no sufficient water, food or health facility for them. The hot summer weather is another calamity, looking for a great human disaster.
Chlidren are the ones who suffer the most, facing killing diseases like diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, influenza and malaria and going without education.

It is a translation from my Pashto poetry.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 14, 2009

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