The Beacon of Hope, by Ishani Chowdhury

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The Beacon of Hope

Look at what we’ve done to our world

So miserable, gloomy, glum and cold,

As her silent tears run down her cheeks

Spilling into seas, oceans, rivers and creeks,

She watches as we shatter her to smithereens

We destroy her with no mercy as for help she screams,

She sees that true friendship and kindness don’t exist no more

However, betrayal, false friends and selfishness exist to the core,

In avarice and materialism her children thrive

Still in terror her girl children walk the streets alone especially at night,

No one knows whether the garden they walk into bears roses or thorns

As the war of greedy minds wages on with twisted swords,

BUT there is still time to change our world

To stop time from laughing at our minds so whirled,

There is still time to lend a helping hand

And pull our brothers and sisters from that dark abyss to stand,

There is still time to bring empathy and peace

To this world of hate we must cease,

There’s time to fill our hearts with compassion

And bring an end to misery and suffering through salvation,

A world that flourishes with pure and benevolent hearts

A world in which humanity and unity are the mind’s new arts,

One compassionate heart at a time

We can make our world pristine and prime,

And we the children of Mother Earth

Can stand united as one large family with great mirth,

I hope that the world I dream to live in today

Comes true in the future someday,

But will this hope always remains a dream

Or will the beacon of hope be kindled into a raging inferno?

Ishani Chowdhury (7 A)

The J. B. Petit High School for Girls

                                                                                  


This poem was presented at ‘The Quality of Mercy’ children’s programme at Kitab Khana on October 7, 2018, coordinated by Rati Dady Wadia with Katie Bagli. The event was part of the seventh 100 Thousand Poets for Change Mumbai festival, curated by Menka Shivdasani.

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