For Universal Peace, Let Us All Stand

 

—Sunil Sharma

So—

Let us then all stand for peace fragile, yet strong

And give it another chance!

Says an e-mail from the city of Ramallah,

Yes, we must—

Writes another youth from Tel Aviv.

 

Let there be no Auschwitzs in future

Or, barbed wires across God-created lands,

A youth writes from Sarajevo,

Hatred leads nowhere.

 

What train blasts have achieved?

Asks a kid from terror-ravaged Mumbai.

Nothing,

Except the ugly face of distorted hate,

Says Hamid from pock-marked bare Kabul,

It comes back to kill

Like a demented man in Karachi.

 

The ethnic hatreds

Will never achieve—

The goals of the deadly merchants of death.

There will be always—

War-mongers and warlords,

And

Ordinary peace-loving folks,

Arranged against the other

In unjust societies.

We will not let them ride—

These few war-dogs,

We will prevail,

Simply because—

We are the millions of people

Craving peace and security

In an already-battered world

Suffering from climate change

Mass hunger

Poverty

And

Immense greed.

Bombs

Can kill the body

But not the spirit

Of pure Peace.

So—

Let us unite, then

And make it

The latest credo

For the new century

Of hope and belief

And trash the forces

Of skepticism,

Cynicism

And disbelief

Via this simple anthem

Of love and faith.

 

 

This entry was posted in Poetry and tagged , on by .

About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the blog: http://www.drsunilsharma.blogspot.in/

7 thoughts on “For Universal Peace, Let Us All Stand

  1. Louiskasatkin

    A powerful cri-de-coeur fashioned in that poetic fervour which is ever the hallmark of this Author’s exemplary works .

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *