Reciting Poetry Poem by Nassy Fesharaki

Reciting Poetry

Rating: 5.0

It was more beard than anything else
In poetry they converged, varied in age
Tajik and Pashto, and also poor me
(Caught in between
Hardship and Taliban)

I got there on the back of a bicycle
Imposed, on me and the chair
I was an honored member
Pear, the best poem I heard
Khayyam’s, the best I read

Her body; Pear’s
Neck, back of her chest
Side-look at her breasts
Lower poet talked of her waist
And sitting on the buttocks

That Pear I wanted to chew
Even under Taliban’s strict rule
Stoning, cutting hands, all brute
Where the stadium was shrude
No soccer; killing men, interlude

I was in Kabul during April/May of 1999, the worst time ever in Afghanistan. Loving books betrayed me. I was approached by Ashrafi, a prophet-looking young man who wanted to set up time for me to meet Mullah Mohammad Omar. Scared of the trap I was falling in, I was planning to run away. I could become involved, or caught and sent to their cave-like prisons. I accepted to attend a session, the poets were gathering to listen to others and also to read their poems if there was a chance. I was well-received as a guest of honor and as a person who, possibly had more experience or knowledge. I had no poem of my own. My host, the owner of the restaurant where I ate and slept, had been warned me to put aside the pen and paper. “That can endanger your life.” He said and I listened. My body was in the room where the poets were but my soul was not there. I felt like the guy in Qazi Stadium. I saw him convicted and shot. He was dead long before being the trigger was pulled, he must have died of fear while the man in turban read his case.
Gajanan Mishra 05 September 2013

good write, thanks. I like it.

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Rajnish Manga 12 September 2017

That you have gone through the ordeal sends shivers down the reader's spine. First hand account of the blood-hounds gory games. Thanks.

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Richard Wlodarski 11 September 2017

Nassy, I am deeply moved by both your poem and your notes. It took a great deal of courage for you to accept that invitation. And to then so eloquently write about it. My hat goes off to you, sir. An excellent write!

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Clarence Prince 09 May 2015

Stoning, cutting hands, all brute Very terrible, Nassy! Thanks for sharing!

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Lenny Camacho 05 September 2013

This is one enjoyable work, thank you....

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Aftab Alam Khursheed 05 September 2013

Based on actual even that took part in somewhere past in life I hate killing innocents and women what harm they do

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