Mother Of All Bombs (MOAB)

mother of all cities of all bombs

madar will the sky be blue again?

silent screams a pink silk scarf 

our hearts and prayers i promise 

i am not a terrorist they destroyed

my village burned the walnut trees

tasted blood between our teeth

i am guilty when i leave my house

but inside my lungs shoot out

meteor showers there is no oxygen.

Madar when will we see the sky again?


Born in New York City and raised in Virginia, Zuhra Malik is an Afghan American poet and civil engineer. Her poems have previously appeared in KAIROS. She has an orchid collection and a Bengal cat named Alpha.