Ariadne’s note: “On behalf of World Poetry Canada & International,we want to welcome Alaha to our wonderful World Poetry Youth Team which is being built to spread the concepts of respect, honour, love and peace to the world. We are honoured to have her on our strong team of young poets.
We are fortunate to be in Canada where our World Poetry Society is welcomed by so many people and groups.
Our love and good wishes go out to the youth of Afghanistan who will be working with World Poetry to create dignity and peace.”
Ariadne Sawyer MA, President of the World Poetry Reading Series Society,
Here is the letter from Alaha:
ای جوانان فهیم ای قــشر بیدار وطــن
علم آموزید که علم است زینت هر مرد و زن
عالم و فرزانه زیستن افتخار آدمیست
عصر علم است هوشدار بی علم نتوان زیستن
قشر جاهل کرد ویران میهنت را این چنین
تو بعلم آباد بسازش بشنو از من این سخن
چشم امید وطن سوی شماست ! نسل جوان
تا بــسازید مـیهــن ویرانه را باغ و چمن
صلح و امن آرید به کشور! وحدت و همبستگی
تا همه هم میهنان باشند بهم یک جسم وتن
التـــجــا دارد (الـــهـــه) از خـــداونـــــد بـــزرگ
جای نفرت عشق ببارد جای جنگ صلح در وطن
سجیه الهه (احرار)
O knowledgeable youth, O awakened generation of this land
Seek knowledge, for it is a decoration for men and women,
Living with knowledge and wisdom is humanity’s pride
It is the era of knowledge, be aware! For one cannot live in ignorance.
The ignorant ruined your country to this extent.
You can rebuild it with knowledge. Listen to me!
Your country’s hopeful eyes are drawn toward you, O youth.
So that you may make a garden & prairie from this desolate desert.
Bring peace and security to the country! Unity and cooperation,
So that all countrymen be one body, one soul.
Alaha begs the All Mighty.
Instead of hate, may love rain down, and instead of war, peace.
Alaha Ahrar ©
* This poem will be read on the radio as an e-poem at 9:30 pm PST on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show, CFRO. You can listen at www.coopradio.org
On August 23rd, 2011, World Poetry International, The University of Mary Washington in Virginia along with the Afghan Consulate joined together in a very special celebration to present the treasured Afghan youth poet, Alaha Ahrar with a World Poetry Youth Ambassador Medallion. Alaha was to receive the award at our First World Poetry International Festival in May but due to visa problems was unable to attend. We would like to thank the University of Mary Washington and the Afghan Embassy for creating the award celebration. World Poetry hope that she will be able to come to our 2nd International Festival for World Peace May 25-26, 2012 in Richmond, BC.
Also great thanks to all our World Poets who have supported her. The World Poetry Canada & International Face book page has been so supportive and is such a blessing to us all.
One of World Poetry’s goals is to promote youth since they are the future of the world. World Poetry is delighted to present this talented youth poet and admires her poems for peace a better, more caring life for the world. Here are some wonderful photos of the event.