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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The In Human Aspect of Human Beings

Submitted: October 16, 2011

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they struck his limbs...
because he was too tall..
fired bullets at his face
rocks sputtered in the air..
the desert whispered..
buddham saranam gacchami.
 
they struck again....
this time with mortars and shell..
chunks of rocks flew out of his chest
but yet he stood resilient
the desert sighed...
dhammam saranam gacchami.
 
they climbed up on his chest..
and severed his head from the body...
and hacked his blessing palm for good
the desert wailed
sagham saranam gacchami.
 
by Annibal Soulspeak.........................
 
In A Thousand Splendid Suns, the novel he wrote after The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini has his hero Laila and her childhood love Tariq visit the magnificent, centuries-old Buddha statues in the valley of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan, about 100 miles west of Kabul:
 
The two Buddhas were enormous, soaring much higher than she had imagined from all the photos she’d seen of them. Chiseled into a sun-bleached rock cliff, they peered down at them, as they had nearly two thousand years before, Laila imagined, at caravans crossing the valley on the Silk Road. On either side of them, along the overhanging niche, the cliff was pocked with myriad caves.
On Feb. 26, 2001, the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, declared that “these idols have been gods of the infidels” and ordered them destroyed. By early March, the statues were rubble.


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