Parwana Amiri is an author, poet and activist from Afghanistan who is living in Greece since September 2019. Her poetry may seem softly written, but it contains hidden stories and bitter truths.

In the camps we face many pains, problems and tough conditions. When it snowed it was as though the snow could cover all our problems – covering the colours of nature and the colours of our pain so that all you could see was the smile on our faces. This poem is inspired by all nice moments that nature grants to us by snowing.

Illustration by Alexandra Nikolova (Ål Nik)

With this illustration we wanted to show the joy the whiteness of snow gave to everyone. This rare chance – to have it all white in Greece – was celebrated with smiles and a little bit of lightness in the soul. The drawing depicts one of those moments.

The bride of snow

Nature is becoming a bride

With a wide veil, bright white

The signs are sleeping at night

And thousand bright stars shine


The morning starts with sunshine

People stare on the snow outside

That covered the colours of the Earth

And coloured the mantle of old woes


Everyone smiles, cheers so high

Wake up their minds, go outside

Leave their homes, wear scarves

Build snowmen beside their house


They throw snowballs at each other

Share their love with one another

Telling the story of beauty in unity

And of unity nesting in modesty


When the world wants to fade us

Yet we prove our existence

Broader than rules and laws

With what happiness we bury ours