Ahmad Shiddiqi

Rookie - 26 Points (March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

Terrace Of Violence - Poem by Ahmad Shiddiqi

(dedicated to Mr.Gustavo Dudamel, a great conductor)

people
animals
buildings
wrenched

a scene of death
violence and brutality
suffering and helplessness
the lifelessness war affords

a light bulb blazes
the image of a flame
a horse falling in agony
the shape of a human skull

a frightened female
a dove stands on a shelf
fire from above and below
soldier grasps a shattered sword

a continuous struggle
the bull and the horse
military caste which has sunk
an ocean of death and misery

to express protest
the pain and the chaos
the destructive power of civil war
black, and white somber moods

the most ancient town of the Basques
the center of their cultural tradition
the refuges of civilian population
the destruction symbol of war

a small village
underwent an attack
was completely destroyed
and killed many innocent lives

the light sun
the massacre
the broken sword
the defeat of the people

an anti-war symbol
a perpetual reminder
an embodiment of peace
the suffering upon innocent civilians

the essential unity
the integrity of soil
the independence
the right of destiny

no more wars
no more tears
no more tricks
no more victims

can we deny the pursuing of desires?
can we stop the killing game?
can't we have cheerful days?
can't we quit playing God?

(inspired by Pablo Picasso's Guernica)


Comments about Terrace Of Violence by Ahmad Shiddiqi

  • (1/11/2009 11:42:00 PM)

    good thought provoking words.... liked it.. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/7/2009 8:53:00 AM)

    A WONDERFUL POEM................ (Report)Reply

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  • (12/30/2008 8:04:00 AM)

    I shouls see Guernica again and read this back! (Report)Reply

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  • (12/23/2008 8:56:00 AM)

    no more tricks.....................well penned sir....... (Report)Reply

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  • (12/23/2008 8:45:00 AM)

    I admire Picasso’s Guernica and you have captured and portrayed much of what he tired to say with pictures. I could tell that you were describing his work (bull and horse) even before I read the bottom note.
    We need these reminders of war and its atrocities. Unfortunately in answer to your questions, we can only say, “We can and will try.” We need to keep asking these questions. Very will composed.. The word “wrenched” in the first stanza is very effective.
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  • (12/23/2008 1:52:00 AM)

    For ''people
    animals
    buildings
    wrenched'', they should be hyphenated to make the rhythm more practical.The story denoted herein is consummate and sublime.
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  • Niken Kusuma Wardani (12/22/2008 11:31:00 PM)

    Hi Ahmad, i always love yr words, keep writing and tks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Enoch John (12/22/2008 9:12:00 AM)

    Dear Ahmad,
    This poem unsheaths not only the starkness of warfare, but also the wide spectrum of humanity it affects.
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  • (12/21/2008 6:11:00 PM)

    A very good poem for a worthy picture. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/21/2008 10:00:00 AM)

    War's consequences..destruction of humankind...

    This poem of strong revelation...

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • (12/21/2008 2:03:00 AM)

    War is a painful thing to face, resulting many predicaments..
    War itself is a predicament..
    Well penned..
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  • (12/20/2008 8:21:00 PM)

    Well written..thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • (12/20/2008 4:35:00 PM)

    Good write! Keep it up! (Report)Reply

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  • (12/20/2008 2:10:00 PM)

    This poem is very good
    And it is well spoken
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  • (12/20/2008 12:30:00 PM)

    Powerful poem eloquently written Ahmad! United together i know you will win over this
    evil an terror an see no more violence an warring an peace and prosperity will prevail..
    Best regards! *10plus*!
    Friend Thad
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  • (12/20/2008 12:03:00 PM)

    VERY DESCRIPTIVE, I AGRE WITH YOU ON
    no more wars
    no more tears
    no more tricks
    no more victims
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  • Sebastine Humaemo (12/20/2008 9:26:00 AM)

    too good ahmad........we hav to keep in mind tht war alone dosn gets a problem solved..............................let love been dropped on people thn bombs...sebastine.. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/20/2008 7:56:00 AM)

    You swaid it well,
    your words show us how
    we are all interconnected.
    We all affect oneanother
    on a grand scale.
    Let us remind that.

    Heavenly greetings from home
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  • (12/20/2008 7:30:00 AM)

    Thoughts translated to words....No More War, No More Tears, No More Tricks, No More Violence. We must say No More. Wonderful expression......10 (Report)Reply

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  • (12/20/2008 6:49:00 AM)

    a thought provoking and an imaginative poem. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 19, 2008

Poem Edited: Sunday, December 21, 2008


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