Thank you Alfiya

Thank you Alfiya

A Poem by Sel Whiteley

A poem inspired by the fact that an incredibly experienced youth is prepared to help me with Pax Populi. I miss the words.



She is mid-twenties, most would be proud

to turn pubward after an hour of protest,

to grasp a placard like a voice,


then curse war in the dark clauses

spoken over a pint, in soft armchairs.

Years ago,  she trained for parliament.

Yet, today, she has time for us.

She will shine light through opaque words

and mountains, upload pictures

of her own unpronounceable land

Uzbekistan, a name that breaks on the tongue:

like the spirits of the world's billion youth.


She braves it all. A land the narrowest sentence

from the Afghan border, her articles will influence

the world with a confluence  of Central Asian dreams.                     

© 2012 Sel Whiteley

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A fantastic combination of the local and familiar, with the intangible and the political... Your use of punctuation really gives the poem movement and a sense of passion and momentum.. I really enjoyed this thank you and well done ! :) x

Posted 5 Years Ago

A paen of praise for the praiseworthy. Excellent collection of words no doubt like the words you miss.

Posted 5 Years Ago

She will shine light through opaque words
and mountains, upload pictures
of her own unpronounceable land

Exactly how I see you...and hope you have found another. As Ed says,
two bright lights. Beautifully depicted portrait.

Posted 5 Years Ago

trained for parliament?
you found another kindred soul!

Posted 5 Years Ago

Beautifully capturing the beauty of another.

Posted 5 Years Ago

Admire, evoke, recommend. A call to examine one's own commitment.

Posted 5 Years Ago

two bright lights

Posted 5 Years Ago

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Added on June 9, 2012
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Sel Whiteley
Sel Whiteley

Toulouse, France

Peace activist and development worker more..


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