Translation of a Persian poem depicting current situation of Afghanistan
- Category: Articles
- Written by Arzhang
- Published: Tuesday, 02 July 2013
Recently, I came across a very inspiring poem in Dari by Arzhang, which depicts the current harsh situation of my country. In a land where a mother is forced to sell her child for Afs. 2000 (US$ 40) to save the life of her other children from hunger and cold winter; the artists are busy to praise their lover’s eyes and lips, but I am hopeful a day will come when this child will raise to save other children from being sold and sing the songs of freedom. I would like to dedicate the translation of this poem to the sold nameless child.
I am badly wounded
The wound which can be healed
To strive for freedom
In sparkle for independence
Prostitutes are master for moral
Are history’s heroes.
The man carrying crown on his head
Looks like a whore who everyday
Sleeps with an illegitimate
And his renewed nasty smile
Makes Shah Shuja 1 ashamed.
Pentagon’s machine gun
And Omar’s 2 emirates
Are recommendations for existence of “Democracy”
Calls the shadow of CIA
Goddess of salvage
And the nailing of occupation
On civilians’ heart:
“Nobility”, “Progress” and “Eminence”.
With no remorse
Attaches the medal of Akbar Khan 3
On Macnaghten’s 4 chest
In the “Alien’s Graveyard” 5
And to the butchers of human beings
With no hesitance
Has put on auction
Not only my blood
Not only my land
My ancestor’s identity
And my mother’s honor.
The word’s pimps
Making words of gathering
The bullshit of aliens
And dirt of durbar,
So by negligence of people
They relax on the seat of scorn and robbery
With swelled feet
And sewed mouth
Not like Farukhi 6
Only thinking of ourselves
Scandalizing the time
It is not worthy for cleans.
Disobedient Spartacus 7
Roaring Gonzalo 8 in the cage
I am only searching for
In a land with its rulers
Passive of the period
And infamous in the history.
Asks eternally for
Like the resistance of aware martyrs
In the avenue where alive ones are captives.
Arise for polishing your thoughts
And dedicate your all possessions for love and freedom
So the world based on justice
Like sun, shines on everyone equally.
1- Shuja Shah (November 4, 1785 – April 5, 1842), the Afghan king who was brought to power by British Empire and was killed by an Afghan freedom-fighter. Shah Shuja is synonym of motherland-selling for Afghan people.
2- Mullah Omar, leader of Taliban.
3- Mohammad Akbar Khan (1816-1845), was the Afghan prince and general to lead the Afghan forces against British troops during First Afghan Anglo War (1839-1842) and defeated the occupiers’ forces.
4- William Hay Macnaghten (24 August 1793 – 23 December 1841), political agent of British India Empire to Afghanistan and supporter of Shah Shuja, who was killed by Mohammad Akbar Khan during First Afghan Anglo War.
5- Afghanistan is also known as Alien’s Graveyard for defeating Genghis Khan, British and Russian Empires.
6- Mirza Mohammad Farukhi Yazdi, the Iranian great and freedom-loving poet and journalist, who was killed in prison for his political views.
7- Spartacus (109–71 BC) was a gladiator, who was one of the slave leaders in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Empire.
8- Manuel Rubén Abimael Guzmán Reynoso (born 3 December 1934), also known by the nom de guerre Presidente Gonzalo (English: Chairman Gonzalo), a former professor of philosophy, was the leader of the Shining Path, Peru. Shining Path is on the U.S. Department of State's "Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations" list The United Kingdom, the European Union. On 12 September 1992, when Alberto Fujimori was on power, he was captured and was later exhibited publicly in a cage with a black and white striped uniform. He is currently incarcerated at the Callao naval base, near the city of Lima, Peru.