Peace

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH

Just a tiny little world

So replete with meaning

Everyone desires peace

Men, women, children

Birds & animals seek peace

In their own little ways

There is peace in humming of bees

Murmuring of brooks, rivulets

Snowy clouds in the azure sky

Usher in a sense of peace

A walk through a forest glade

Midst profuse greenery & foliage

Evokes serenity and peace

The snow crested peaks

Solemn & unmoving down the ages

Depict peace in nature

Yet my heart is tinged with sadness

I ponder: Is there peace in today’s world?

The fabric of peace is torn asunder

By cruel, thoughtless men

Who crave for glory & power

Nations threaten other nations

Fear of  nuclear holocaust grips us

Terrorists slay innocent people

Thousands of lives are lost

Fumes of explosives fill the air

The ground beneath our feet

Reeks of blood and gore

Men die bloody, gruesome deaths

Infants snatched from mothers’ breasts

Happy homes razed to the ground

Cries of orphans & destitute rent the air

What did we do to deserve this?

The time is now, no more hatred

PEACE

Let us join hands, work for peace

Let there never again be

Hiroshima or Nagasaki

Life has changed, but the scars remain…

No more warplanes, let doves fly in the sky

Let flags of terror yield place

To  white  flags of peace

Let the air be filled with fragrance

Of Lilies, Roses, Tube Roses

Let peace prevail…..

 

New Delhi-based Ruchira Adhikari Ghosh hails from a family steeped in English literature. She grew up on a diet enriched with Hans Anderson’s Fairy tales, Grimm’s Fairy tales, besides Enid Blyton’s works. An English (Hons) graduate from Panjab University Chandigarh, she also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the same varsity. A professional journalist, she has regularly contributed to noted dailies viz Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, beside upmarket journals like Society and Savvy.  She writes simply to give vent to her vibrant imagination and her tumult of emotions.

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