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After This War

We will plant a cherry tree,

she said as her crotchet hook

knitted another knot


After this war

the radio will sing a happy song,

and we will sing along 


After this war

we will not be lonely

as she kissed the prayer

book and closed her eyes


Your Padar will come back,

he will bring what you 

want, but you my good boy

don’t want nothing much


We will sit out in the grass

and have a big picnic with 

peaches, apples, cherries

and honeyed tea? 


You know my boy,

only after this war

as she looked at me 

to make sure I understood

what was to happen 

in our lives 



Mohammad S Razai is a physician, poet and researcher. Most recently, his work has appeared in Tears in the Fence and Under the Radar

ISSN 2632-4423

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