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IT WAS THE SUMMER OF ROSES IN A SNALL SPACE
WHERE PEACE AND QUIET BREATH IN A SEA OF WAR

In the legendary city of
Mazar – I Sharif, site of
fierce Taliban resistance,
Home to the spirit of the
Son of the prophet Muhammad.
Doves blur the pale lavender
Sky. In the 16th century
20 pair of doves had been
Brought to the shrine
From Negev. They believe
The birds stayed because Mazar
Is an oasis of spirituality.
The doves leave when
There is fighting. Surrounded
By doves everything seems
Calm. There is hope in
Their wings. It’s a small
Island where peace exists
In a sea of war. In the middle
Of chaos, a barefoot Afghan
Girl stands against the wall
of a wood hut. Her eyes
connect with a man
throwing crusts. They make
contact and the world seems
stop for 15 seconds. She
was the only quiet one
watching the exchange. The
crowd becomes silent.
They too know she
Is special

  lyn lifshin