A place where ignorance is bliss

Published: January 19, 2014

When darkness is sovereign, it is useless to follow the light. PHOTO: Reuters

When ignorance is bliss,
‘Tis folly to be wise.
When rationality is rare,
‘Tis sinful to raise one’s voice.

Where tolerance is extinct,
‘Tis a futile try to reason.
Where masses are blind,
‘Tis fruitless to have a vision.

When darkness is sovereign,
‘Tis useless to follow the light.
When apathy prevails,
‘Tis arduous to end the plight.

Where murderers are hailed,
‘Tis effete to long for peace.
Where barbarians reign,
‘Tis illusive to live with ease.

When bullets speak,
‘Tis difficult to hold a pen.
When terrorism rules,
‘Tis rare to hear a good omen.

Ahmad Zubair

Ahmad Zubair

An Afghan national living in Peshawar, he holds a Masters in International Relations and BSc Civil Engineering and writes about social issues, politics, religion and extremism. He tweets as @AhmaddZubair (twitter.com/AhmaddZubair)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Pakiwi

    Beautiful poem.Recommend

  • Aaliya

    Such a truthful portrayal of today’s society. Beautifully written Recommend

  • sara

    Straight to the heart ..Recommend

  • fze

    Simply beautiful ! I can easily identify with what you are saying.Recommend

  • Geek from Yorkshire

    Beautiful portrayal of the dark era we are passing through. I hope one day we all realize our duties and our follies and start rejecting all sorts of irrationality and bigotry within our ranks and work towards a peaceful and progressive Pakistan. We still have a lot of people left, even if they are in minority, but i am hopeful we will rise with pen, knowledge, reason and science inshallah!Recommend

  • naeem khan

    if the situation is so bad in Afghanistan why doesnt the writer go back and make it a better place instead of writing poems in PakistanRecommend

  • Farooq

    Very nicely written.Recommend

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  • Shafique Ahmad

    its so meaningful, rythmic and musical i wish i could red 100 such pages but alaas they are only 20 beautiful lines…….Recommend

  • Durrani

    That’s the perfect depiction of our society. Loving it.Recommend

  • Durrani

    This is so true. We dont happen to hear anything good except blasts and bloodshed around us.

    When bullets speak,
    ‘Tis difficult to hold a pen.
    When terrorism rules,
    ‘Tis rare to hear a good omenRecommend

  • Rabbani Jee

    A heart rendering Poem.Recommend

  • Sana

    your poetry just is beautiful!Recommend

  • Ayesha Pervez

    Very nice indeed, Ahmad! Keep writing!Recommend

  • http://www.muslimweddingflight.com Fayaz Pasha

    Very true! That’s the irony of our Society.Recommend

  • Arooj Khan

    This poem is so heart-wrenching and touching. It truly depicts the dark side of our society…!

    When bullets speak,
    ‘Tis difficult to hold a pen.
    When terrorism rules,
    ‘Tis rare to hear a good omen.Recommend