Melodies begin music flows the heart warms as love grows
smiles beam on all faces as people collect in small places
some moments together we sit to share, soon time will not spare
so let us be peaceful and enjoy, comfort each other and care
who rules what place what land, what difference does it make
don’t you have your own freedom, your way, your own land?
if all humanity alike, women and children just different names
all were guided the same, one home, played the same games
what lessons from previous wars do we remember, be it
Chawinda, D-Day, Waterloo, or 6th of September,
nothing did we gain but death destruction downfall and pain
killing each other, unknown strangers again again and again;
and so many think and talk and speak and call for peace
and write and write essays stories and poems for peace
but still produce gather and buy weapons bombs and guns
each moment each hour lose life families and loving sons
I am no princess nor a peasant just a simple human, now
seeing blood and death, I pray peace, real peace now
lets now make a vow, along with the candles and bouquets
lets all try, put down the rifles and guns, call back the jets,
try to end all conflict, live and let live, end all strife
you can call back the tanks and troops, but you cannot
ever ever ever call back…a life’
© 2020, Anjum Wasim Dar
ANJUM WASIM DAR (Poetic Oceans) is one of the newest members of “The BeZine” core team.
Anjum was born in Srinagar (Indian occupied Kashmir) in 1949. Her family opted for and migrated to Pakistan after the Partition of India and she was educated in St Anne’s Presentation Convent Rawalpindi where she passed the Matriculation Examination in 1964. Anjum ji was a Graduate with Distinction in English in 1968 from the Punjab University, which ended the four years of College with many academic prizes and the All Round Best Student Cup, but she found she had to make extra efforts for the Masters Degree in English Literature/American Studies from the Punjab University of Pakistan since she was at the time also a back-to-college mom with three school-age children.
Her work required further studies, hence a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad and a CPE, a proficiency certificate, from Cambridge University UK (LSE – Local Syndicate Examination – British Council) were added to her professional qualifications.
Anjum ji says she has always enjoyed writing poems, articles, and anecdotes and her written work found space in local magazines and newspapers. A real breakthrough came with the Internet when a poem submitted online was selected for the Bronze Medal Award and I was nominated as Poet of Merit 2000 USA. She accepted the Challenge of NANOWRIMO 2014 and Freedom is Not a Gift, A Dialogue of Memoirs, a novel form was the result. She was a winner, completing her 50,000 word draft in one month.
Although a Teacher and a Teacher Trainer by Profession, she is a colored-pencil artist and also enjoys knitting and is currently trying to learn Tunisian Crochet.