Dedicated to victims of KABUL airport chaos on August 16th 2021 following U.S. policy withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of U.S. occupation in war against Al Qaeda, ISIS and Taliban forces. However, on 3rd May, 2017, I wrote a poem on “Issues of global war and terrorism in international politics”, but most of the underlying messages therein reflect the continuous rise in tension and threats of war as we see it unfold in many parts of the world today.
The bang of war has been beaten
Causing a battle line to be drawn,
The cry of war has began to ring aloud
To produce shots of undignified threats.
The world’s land is fertile with enemity
And soaked with grudges,
Brewing atmosphere of war
Ready to be cultivated whilst waiting
For a quarrelsome spark of light to ignite it.
The world’s curtain has been drawn
Exposing clashing swords of choices
And juxtaposition of differences in needs
As the language of violence ensues.
In the quest to change the world,
It may not too hard
when humanity in good faith wishes it so.
Bettering the world,
In our hands lies
The need for humans
To think and re-think, learn and re-learn
Adjust and readjust worldly values.
To every spoilt object not yet amended
We consider it condemned
When no hand of reconstruction
Has attempted to remodify it.
In avoidance of a universal bomb blast
That could lead to a world thorn apart,
Hanging cobwebs of war
In all continents must be removed
In restoration of a planet
Once clothed in nakedness of innocence.
Henry. C. Chukwuma © August 2021. All Rights Reserved