“They’ll begin with me — I’m a volunteer to go to a tribunal,” Mr. Layeq mentioned. “Within the video games of powers, within the video games of events, within the rivalries of worldwide giants right here, a nation has been sacrificed, a nation has been oppressed. We will’t rely the widows and orphans.”
All through his political profession, Mr. Layeq wrote prolifically in each of Afghanistan’s major languages, Pashto and Persian, publishing a couple of dozen collections of poetry. His verses turned anthems to the revolution, slogans shouted at rallies:
If the highway house is carpeted with thorns
We’ll naked our ft and dance the best way.
His son, Zmarak, mentioned Mr. Layeq left behind about 70 volumes of unpublished political diaries. He was such a disciplined archivist that he would keep up late into the evening throughout his provincial assignments as a celebration chief to document the occasions of his day.
It was on a type of provincial assignments within the east of the nation round 1980 that Mr. Layeq met a younger rebel who turned the topic of his unfinished, 40-year epic, “A Man from the Mountains.”
His troopers introduced earlier than him a younger man — “so nicely proportioned, it was as if his physique had been carved from marble,” — on prices that he was a “counterrevolutionary,” what they referred to as the guerrillas.
Mr. Layeq mentioned he pardoned him. However a lot to his shock, the younger guerrilla refused — and even confessed to his crime. When Mr. Layeq requested why he had performed so, the younger man, according to a Los Angeles Times article from 1989, replied: “You gave me a kindness in providing your pardon. So I return the kindness. I provide the reality, for I’ve nothing else to supply.”
The younger man, whose “face spoke of energy and energy past the creativeness,” lived and grew in Mr. Layeq’s creativeness for 40 years and plenty of hundreds of traces of verse, because the poet aged and seemed for solutions to Afghanistan’s struggling.
Final September, Mr. Layeq left his small Soviet-built condo and was on his technique to his workplace on the Academy of Sciences when he was wounded in a Taliban car-bombing — a younger rebel of a unique era ramming his explosive-packed automobile into one carrying American and NATO troopers, the moment captured on camera.