I write of my beloved country

Out there, miles away, across the border is a country

Could say it’s shaped somewhat like a guitar you see

A nation of vibrant culture, language and diversity

Beautiful and unique in its own complexity

Kandahar, a city named after Alexander the great

Home to the Pashtuns of different tribes till date

Kabul, where different ethnicities live together in unity

From the Baloch, Tajik, Hazara to Pashtun community

Herat, to the west, known for its ancient monuments

Ruins of empires, that were once the city’s occupants

Balkh, famous not only for its blue mosque, shrine of Ali

But also home to Rabia and Rumi, legends of Persian poetry

Fifteen more cities and tribes yet to discover in this nation

Damaged places and people for sure, however full of fascination

Shall peace flourish upon my country one day, I plea

But for now, I’ll write of my beloved country

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