Dr John Celes (14-2-1957 / Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India)
Malala Day 12th July, UN
The absence of light is darkness;
The presence of it gives brightness;
Education is the true light
That can improve world’s children’s plight!
Let pens become weapons like swords;
Let voice pour forth powerful words;
Let books become for women, shields
Until knowledge, the power it yields.
Children must go to schools to learn;
Youth mustn’t be forced to work and earn;
Let knowledge empower women,
To stand upon their legs, like men!
World leaders must change policies;
For education, all need peace;
Let lives of children be secure;
Terrorism must find its cure!
Usher a world of peace for all;
Literacy is the clarion call;
All nations want to live in peace;
Let wars and terrorism cease!
You shouldn’t ignore the lives of youth;
If nurtured well, they give good fruit;
The wealth of nations is children;
Earth can be changed, be made heaven!
Give children all, the power of ken;
Terrorism’s afraid of the pen;
Bullets can’t silence literate;
To root out terror, educate!
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Poet's Notes about The Poem
by preventing her from going to school!
Modified from Malala’a speech at UN, New York
Dedicated to the braveheart, Malala Yousafsai
who stood against Taliban terrorists.
Copyright by Dr John Celes 12-07-2013