AfghanistanJamal AbasiPoems

On the nature of freedom

Jamal Abasi

Herat, Afghanistan

 

Freedom is a fine word
For which much has been sacrificed
And which can harbour many dangers
But that does not mean
That we have no freedom at all
We have just not understood it properly
We have not understood that it has limits
We have not understood that untamed freedom
Can lead to folly.

Yet we are not always
Responsible for it ourselves
People who could not taste freedom
Their whole lives long
And then suddenly come to a world
In which it is highly valued
Do not understand freedom
They follow their image of freedom and in this lose
Their own way
No spot on this earth can be completely unfree
Because a person’s thoughts
And the way
A person experiences the world
Are a universe of their own

It would be good to know
Where the roots of unfreedom lie
So that one’s own freedom
Is not suddenly in a cage.

 

Jamal Abasi (16)

came to Germany from Afghanistan four years ago. He likes poems because they communicate a lot and can express feelings that sometimes don’t fit into sentences. Apart from writing, in his spare time he takes an interest in literature, music and drama.