Treasure Island

Wasef Bakhtari

(Balkh)

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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

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