The chosen name for the infant little girl in this piece is an Afghan female name meaning “beautiful, radiant”. Although her beauty shall remain with her all of her days it is uncertain whether her radiance will ever be inwardly or outwardly visible again. Her motherland lays in shock and ruin and she has lived a thousand deaths of her own.
May Bahiyaa one day know peace and happiness without fear.
Eyes darkened pools of death and despair
Dried long ago of infantile tears
Droplets of quietude bathing soul
Of visions horrific, a child’s ruin
Suffer the children teachings foretold
Yet fathers rage battles seldom won
Forgotten smiles, sweet lifeless doll
Improvised play amid mortar and shell
Lost to her misery, Bahiyaa waits
Dispossessed longings her daily prayer
Copyright Don MacIver 2010; All Rights Reserved
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