Translated from the Dari by Nick Laird and Hamid Kabir

it is possible
the sun has risen
and over the mountains
the clouds are there still,
that winds are driving
and families arriving
and there is the sound of a party
sound of dancing, chanting,
and glasses smashing,
the laughter exploding
in every minute and people
and happiness and also
me, with my big heart,
in a ship or strapped under
the truck, I am crossing
the border and moment
by moment am entering
with glory England

From ‘Hwaet!: 20 Years of Ledbury Poetry Festival’, edited by Mark Fisher (Bloodaxe, £9.99). The book contains uncollected poems by 200 poets who have read at Ledbury Festival, including Carol Ann Duffy, James Fenton, Sharon Olds, Simon Armitage, and others from 35 overseas countries. Ledbury Poetry Festival runs July 1-10. www.poetry-festival.co.uk

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