Kurdish Poetry

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Check out the following poem by a Kurdish poet. For more check here 

  The Gun

by Latif Halmat (1947 -) Iraqi Kurdistan 

Tell Mother Mary
not to wet the white church bells
with blood and tears
in memory
of her son.

Tell Mother mary so
if she is not tired of mourning.

Thousands of Jesus’s
are crucified everyday.
Tell Mother Mary
not to cry anymore.

This is no time for tears.
This is the age of guns.

So ask her –
Why doesn’t she buy a gun?

– Translated by Omid Varzandeh

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