ON THE DAY OF PEACE / Poem by Ayub KHAWAR

Poem by Ayub KHAWAR

 

ON THE DAY OF PEACE

Peace shatters in rags,
In the holy places of supplications,
In the mosques,
In the temples,
And in the shadows of the sacred bells of churches,
Peace shatters in rags,
On the roads,
In the congested streets of the bazaars,
In the class rooms, in parks and play-grounds of the schools,
In the shopping centers, in the crosses,
In the rallies and processions of protesters
Upraised world-wide for atrocities against peace and humanism
Peace, shatters in rags everyday,
It daubs itself with its own blood
And puts on the dust of graves.
Whether there ensues such a time,
As resident of the world will ever see redness,
In the petals of the roses, flourishing on soil of the earth,
O! the ruler of time,
Tell us,
Do you have such a moment in possession,
As it may infuse the light of peace and harmony, in the minds of those,
Who are bent upon to change this world,
Into a heap of ashes on the earth!
O! The ruler of Time,
Do you have such a moment in your fist?
As it devours trades of those kingdoms,
Who engaged many countries, to destroy the world?

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