Eyes Frozen To Sky*

Somaliland finally comes out of its shameful silence

The following haiku poem grieves the unending plight of the Somali people. Life is however stronger than any misery, and the poem had to end with a note of defiance, embracing the resilience and strength of the human spirit.

Eyes Frozen To Sky*

War in my country

No rain to wash the blood

- weeping in winter


Bang, bang, bang

Bullets, bullets and bullets

No one hears the wind


Peace is far away

Blinking stars in the night

- dark clouds gather in spring


Mother holds dead child

Husband under her feet

- eyes frozen to sky


Bare bones everywhere

Carcass smell in summer

- lonely bird above


Last whistle not blown

Buds sprouting everywhere

- bees out in spring.

-Bashir Goth

*I wrote the first four stanzas of the poem on October 8, 2007 and I ended it with the last two stanzas on Aug. 18, 2011. It seems time is frozen in Somalia.

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