Wasef Bakhtari

(Balkh)

Calamity


Like burning firewood, I writhe in pain

At the tragic Fate of the pomegranate grain

Whoever attempts their release

From the grip of the shell, membrane and crease

First holds them in a vice-like squeeze

And then when the job is done

Eats them up with relish, one by one

Wasef Bakhtari
Kabul, 1972

Submitted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Translated by Fawad Hassan and Supriya Krishnamurthy
Feb. 2002

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