A hearty laugh’s gone extinct

look around only fake smiles you’ll see

gaiety dodged the rich and poor alike

money buys no peace of mind

drugs no longer heal wounds

new wounds without cure come up


classrooms transformed into dungeons

kids crawling into spineless youth

youth brainwashed into rebels without a cause

rebels becoming messiahs and leaders

their hollow promises of commitment splurge

leaders without responsibilities thrive

their zeal for a world war is hailed as bravery

our call for global peace is cowardice

our idea of the world is ridiculed

as we resist the regression to stone age


what we hope for is

the reign of peace in the world

unlike now when we’re drenched in

the rain of piss in the world

© Barnadhya Rwitam

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