Poem of the Month, January 2015: A Smiling Year of HopePosted: 2015/01/01
We wish our readers a Happy New Year,
with this hopeful poem by IFLAC Founder Ada Aharoni
as our first Poem of the Month in 2015.
2015 – A SMILING YEAR OF HOPE
By Ada Aharoni
Despite our wars, despite our tears,
Despite our aches, pains and furtive fears
We embrace you smiling Year of Hope – 2015.
For, democracy and the Internet are spreading,
The power of women for peace is rising,
Global poverty has been cut in half –
Never before have ordinary people
Had more power to solve challenges
And to decide their own fate.
We’re poised on the edge between
Our oldest fears and deepest dreams
We face a choice – to rise to this hopeful year
And throw the War monster out of our lives –
It all depends on us!
The peace lovers and war haters of our world
Are the largest global community,
So why do we still have wars? It is not democratic!
This New Year, millions and millions of us
Will end the game of war and terror.
It will be magical.
From media, people and politicians,
I hear the same thing –
We peace marchers are bringing hope
And hope is the game changer.
Hope, is the wing on which we rise
It is the map of how and where to fly….
We salute you and embrace you hopeful 2015
Our so yearned-for Year of Hope and Nonkilling
Our promising smiling Year of Peace.