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    IFLAC International Poetry Contest for Children: The Fish and the Shark

    The poem below was chosen by the Israeli Committee of the IFLAC Peace Poetry Contest for Children: Peace for All.

    It was written by the freed hero prisoner Gilad Shalit when he was 11 years old, and was especially sent to us for the Contest.

    Gilad was kidnapped and held in captivity in a dark hole by terrorists in Gaza for more than five years, and was at last released last week in a swop with one thousand Palestinian prisoners, many of them terrorists.

    The final results of this World Contest will be published on December 30, 2011.

     

    THE FISH AND THE SHARK

    A small fish met a big shark in the ocean
    At first the fish was very afraid that the shark
    Would gobble him up in his big open mouth
    But then he asked the shark
    Do you want to play with me?

    The shark was surprised but then said yes
    And the shark and the little fish played
    All day until it was night and they went home.

    The father of the shark asked
    What did you do today my son?
    And the shark answered: I played all day
    with a little fish and it was great fun.
    This is very bad said the father,
    The fish are our enemies and you should
    Gobble them up and not play with them!

    The father of the little fish asked his son
    What did you do today my son?
    And the fish answered: I played with a shark.
    This is very bad said the father,
    The sharks are our hunters and you should
    Run away from them up and not play with them!

    So the shark and the little fish did not play
    With each other anymore, and they were very sad.
    Then one day the little fish saw the shark was sad
    And he said: would you like to play with me again?
    I would be very glad to, said the shark,
    And they played all day and when they went back home
    They told their fathers: playing is much more fun
    Than violence and sadness – you should try it too!

    ~GILAD SHALIT – 11 YRS OLD, ISRAEL~

     



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