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In Dari Class, and: The Dirt on Afghanistan

From: Prairie Schooner
Volume 87, Number 4, Winter 2013
pp. 59-60 | 10.1353/psg.2013.0137

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In Dari Class

I stood before the third grade students and discussed
the Dari architecture: nouns, verbs, sentence structure.
I paid no mind to that wide crack in the front mud
wall but could not stop hearing howling-by cold wind
slapping in the wrecked window covered by plastic.
Oh, please don’t say I liked to teach about constructing
a good sentence while they’d no good bench to sit on,
no shoes, ripped socks. In winter. Uh! What could I teach
when their small pale hands dyed by henna shook from cold?
When class was winding down, I posed a question: Class,
write what the word “Afghanistan” first brings to mind.
I watched the students’ heads, in white scarves, looking down.
The crack—wide crack—was sinking me in a dark creek
while those small girls filed out of my day till next week.

The Dirt on Afghanistan

I thought the US troops had come to bring
electric washers, Tide, and heat to us.
I watched my home and thought good-bye to this
big filth. But now, my neighbors are preparing
more guns, more bullets, rpgs . Toenail
to forehead. It’ll be bloody. Larger than
the past. Let’s holler, “yes, hello to hell.”
The Afghan Army—it’s a joke. Its men
steal and rape and drive the US Humvees.
The foreigners are getting out and hoping
that this large mess won’t stick to them. Let’s be
more honest, there’s no soap, no water, there’s
not one good toilet. The shit storm’s coming.
It’s awful what we’ll face. There’s no plan B.

Amin Esmaielpour  

Amin Esmaielpour is a poet, literary translator, and writer. He moved to the United States from Iran in 2011. He has a mfa in poetry and also holds a ma in American and New England studies and a ba in English translation. He was recently the special feature poet of The Broadkill Review. His works also have appeared in Le Monde and Veil: Journal of Darker Musings.

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Esmaielpour, A.(2013). In Dari Class, and: The Dirt on Afghanistan. Prairie Schooner 87(4), 59-60. University of Nebraska Press. Retrieved January 27, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
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