Can you PLEASE read the poem LOVE OF A NATION by AHMAD SHAH DURRANI and explain it to me and if it is related to the kite runner. Pleaseee. thank you.

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Here's the poem:

By blood, we are immersed in love of you.
The youth lose their heads for your sake.
I come to you and my heart finds rest.
Away from you, grief clings to my heart like a snake.
I forget the throne of Delhi
when I remember the mountain tops of my Afghan land.
If I must choose between the world and you,
I shall not hesitate to claim your barren deserts as my own.

The speaker in Durrani's poem is a native Afghani who has immigrated to Delhi (India) much like Amir and Baba are native Afhanis who immigrate to the U.S.

The speaker longs for home, but the imagery he uses is disturbing ("lose their heads," "like a snake," and "barren deserts.")  This imagery undercuts the nationalism that the title suggests.  This disturbing imagery suggests a duality regarding Afghanistan, perhaps a love/hate relationship the speaker feels for his homeland.  The speaker loves the physical country ("mountian tops"), but he hates the way it is being run ("the youth lose their heads for your saker").  The speaker says he must choose "between the world and you," but he chooses the "deserts" instead of its people, not to mention that his position as an immigrant suggests he has clearly not chosen to live in the country any more.

The split relates to the way Amir and Baba feel as immigrants.  Baba loves the old country unconditionally, and he has a hard time assimilating.  Amir assimilates to his new country more smoothly, and he seems more critical of the political situation of Afghanistan, much like the speaker of the poem.

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The Kite Runner

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