<html> <head> <title>Khorasan, land of the sun .1'3'F  312EF .H14/</title/> </head> <STYLE>BODY {SCROLLBAR-FACE-COLOR: brown; SCROLLBAR-HIGHLIGHT-COLOR: black; SCROLLBAR-3DLIGHT-COLOR: red; SCROLLBAR-ARROW-COLOR: wheat; SCROLLBAR-TRACK-COLOR: peru; SCROLLBAR-DARKSHADOW-COLOR: green} a:link {text-decoration:none;} a:visited {text-decoration:none;} a img {border: none;} </STYLE> <body bgcolor="wheat"> <center> <table border="0" width="100%" height="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> <tr> <td colspan="2" height="40" bgcolor="peru"> <table height="100%" width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="3"><tr> <td width="18%" valign="middle" align="center"><a href="../index.html"> <font color="white" size="+1">Back to home page</font></td> <td valign="middle" align="center" height="" width="82%"> <font color="yellow" size=+2><b></b></font> </td> </tr></table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="18%" bgcolor="brown"> <table border="0" height="5%" width="100%" cellpadding="3"> <tr><td valign="top" align="center"><img src="../images/rroien.jpg"></td></tr> <tr><td valign="top"><font color="khaki" size="+1"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></font></td></tr> <tr><td valign="top"><font color="khaki" size="+1"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></font></td></tr> <tr><td valign="top"><font color="khaki" size="+1"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></font></td></tr> <tr><td valign="top"><font color="khaki" size="+1"><b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></font></td></tr> </table> </td> <td valign="top"> <p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'> <i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Dr. <span class=SpellE>Raziq</span> <span class=SpellE>Roien</span> was born in the town of <st1:City w:st="on">Balkh</st1:City> in the <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">land</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><span class=SpellE>Khorasan</span></st1:PlaceName> (present day <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:place></st1:country-region>), in 1951. He is Chairman of the <st1:country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:country-region> Cultural Association in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bulgaria</st1:place></st1:country-region>, since 2001. He taught at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Kabul</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, wrote textbooks on Persian (Dari) culture and research papers on modern Dari poetry. He was Secretary of the Union of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:country-region></st1:place> Writers. His poems have been translated into Russian, Czech, English and other languages. He holds a PhD from the St <span class=SpellE>Kliment</span> <span class=SpellE>Ohridski</span> <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Sofia</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>. <span class=GramE>Recognized refugee in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Bulgaria</st1:country-region></st1:place> since 1995.</span> <span class=GramE>Winner of the 2006 Peace Prize of the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:country-region></st1:place> Civil Society Forum for his book of poems Mulberry and Silk Years, an excerpt of which appears here.</span><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:16.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>From the Years of Mulberries and Silk<o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Those years of pearly mulberries,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>the</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> silken years of prosperity,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>with</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> a house in the small town of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><span class=SpellE>Andkhui</span></st1:City></st1:place>  <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>a</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> town with the names of beloved ones:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=SpellE><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Shanba-Odina</span></span></span><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>.</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>And a sand-covered stretch of land, like a river of gold  <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>each</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> one a mirror,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>with</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> its wind-swept roads, no robbers, no sleepwalkers,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>and</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the familiar fragrance of sesame blossom.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The Turkmen  all dignified, all kindhearted to the last man!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>* * *<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>In the middle of the town<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>the</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> tiny shops<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>with</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the cheerful tradesmen,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>their</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> fruit bathed in light,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>and</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the strong scent<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>of</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> vegetation in the life-giving juices of the unfertilized earth.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>* * *<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>In the middle of the town<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>the</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> <span class=SpellE>Bobo</span> <span class=SpellE>Wali</span> mosque with its little fountain,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>the</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> water running from the spout  <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>with</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the fishes darting and playing around  <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>tiny</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> little.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Our childish hands <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>scooping</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> up the water, pouring it into the earthen pots<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>of</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> our unruly joy,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>at</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> daybreak and dusk,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>over</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the azure roofs gathering the sunrays<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>of</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the month of <span class=SpellE>Tir</span>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The days are carrying our kites,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>the</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> town filling the towering skies above with roar and laughter  <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>the</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> sound of our desires.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>* * *<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Now I remember the celebrations for the New Year, <span class=SpellE>Nawruz</span>:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>those</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> wonderful wrestlers from <span class=SpellE>Qaisar</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>or</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> <span class=SpellE>Almar</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>in</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the clean fragrant air of the month <span class=SpellE>Farvardin</span>,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>their</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> arms like steel, clasping the opponent round the waist, <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>circling</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> each other like lions. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>At the end, one of the two will be the winner,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>drawing</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> a cry of glory from the crowd.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>* * *<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The sweet dreams that we see, awaiting the new day  <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>and</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> maybe early in the morning,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>before</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the eyes of friend or foe,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>that</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>  winner - the wrestler - will be knocked down on the ground,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>and</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> then forever <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>he ll</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> stride freely, carefree and happy,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>with</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> no one breaking his pitcher with a sling  <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>quite</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> unjustly.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>* * *<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The sweet dreams that we see, awaiting the new day:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>that s</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> how our life will take us to the very end.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Without you, far away from you, <span class=SpellE>Andkhui</span>!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Now it s too late, I m fast asleep inside my sadness.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Without the presence of that  winner ,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>without</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the presence of my friend from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Balkh</st1:City></st1:place>!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Now there s a lump of bitterness inside my throat,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>in</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> the green meadows of the West,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>the</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> stranger that I am away from home.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Sometimes I think of life<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>with</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> sorrow:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>oh</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>, what a children s play it was!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>* * *<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The people coming here from my country, <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>from</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Balkh</st1:City></st1:place> or <span class=SpellE>Darwoz</span>,<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>ask</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> me gloomily:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Where have the carefree days of play and triumph gone without you?<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>What shall I reply? <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Or maybe it s the punishment for a committed sin  <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>the</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> bread is stale today, the bread we used to eat upon the lap of earth!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Sofia</span></st1:City></st1:place><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-US'> - 2005</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr><td width="18%" height=10 bgcolor="brown"></td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"> <font face="Arial" size="2" color="brow"> Copyright 2005-2007 <span lang="en-us">www.khorasanzameen.net</td> </tr> </table> </center> </body> </html>