I feel your cry

Afghanistan, I feel your cry
you’re every orphaned child
you’re every woman with a veil as her own sky
you’re every unbearded man flat on the ground

you are trembling with a godless fist within your mouth
your will has been erased
a huge burqa covers both the earth and firmament

too many times you died
an awful death

you were flourished once with peace
and education thrived
understanding reigned
liberty was not merely a word
and you’ve known love
but now
you’re bereft of it all
and I wonder which god knows and cares of all these earthly struggles of yours

Mihaela Melnic lives and writes in Rome, Italy, where her prose and poetry evolve and take different shapes with every new life experience. Her recent work has appeared in various venues including Harbinger Asylum published through Transcendent Zero Press, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Dissident Voice and Impspired magazine. Her debut poetry collection "Change of Seasons" was released in 2018. Her latest work is the book "Evermore" written in co-authorship and released in September 2021 through 17Numa Press. Visit her website for more of her writings. Read other articles by Mihaela.