An Avalanche of Kurdish Peace in the Middle East in a Daily Dose of Peace

An Avalanche of Peace

In Kurdish “aşt” means calm, reconciled, at peace
or on good terms
“aşit” or “aşît” is an avalanche
add a letter and “aşitî” or “aşîtî” means peace

Mother Tongue

“Aştî” Kurdish peace poetry with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Aram Sabah on Unsplash

Aştî and Hasîtî

“Aştî” in Kurdish Kurmanji spoken in Turkey, Syria and Armenia
means peace, also truce, ease and comfort
“hasîtî” means peace with “hastbiyayiş” tranquility and “aştixwaz” a peace seeker, peaceable or peace loving

Peace Slogan

Kurdish slogan “Bijî Aştî”
(long live the peace)
“Aştî” is peace

Kurdish spoken in Iran and Iraq peace poetry with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Hashem Rahmani on Unsplash

Abandon in Kurdish

An unfeeling computer translates “abandon”
and I wonder does it feel less painful
in Kurdish
these three words that mean abandon
“berdan” sounds like burden
as if it is okay to abandon a person
when they are a burden
two other Kurmancî Kurdish words
“dest jê ber dan” and “dev jê berdan”
speak the pain of being abandoned

Kurdish Letters of Peace

In Kurdish peace is Aştî or “Hasîtî”
using Turkish letters



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Kimberly Burnham

Kimberly Burnham


Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.