On The Peshawar School Attack


Oh, it’s such a beautiful dawn! Beautiful birds all flitting around,

Soaring into the endless sky,

The vast, blue sky where my dreams lie:

Dreams of flying higher than birds,

Being a pilot of the mightiest worth,

And steering my parents around the world,

To Venice, to London and to Melbourne.


Yes, oh mama, I am wide awake, There is no need to shout out in a state! I’ll be up in moments, and ready for school, Which is the roadway to my goal- A roadway full of helpful signs In the form of lessons and rhymes; Now, only if I would abandon my trance, I might as well stand a decent chance.


I love your warm and grand embrace, And the kiss you plant on my face; When I am back, you will be surprised At what I have learnt in such less time; Now, let me go, I am getting late; Hold me in your eyes, and count on fate; It’s just a matter of hours, you know: Hours- I don’t know why I said so.


I saw in their eyes a million quashed dreams, And a frightening, homicidal gleam; Their beards deceived their nasty smiles; May such hideous creatures be defiled! They set her on fire, despite her protests, I watched her burn down in a noble conquest; Hoping against hope, the massacre I did see: Bang! Bang! Bang! And the last was for me.


A bullet the size of a push back car Shot into me and penetrated too far- Turned the surprise for mama into shock, Turned my papa as stiff as a rock; Buried my dreams beneath dry ground, A sky full of planes can no longer be found! And before my friends and I could kick up dust and play, Men with no dreams took all our dreams away!

Tanmay Sinha

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