Poems for Peace competition – Highly Commended: Sayandeep Das

Contributor/s : Sayandeep Das

Recorded on date : January 28, 2021

Recorded at Location : Society of Authors

A Tree In The Bloom

She has always remembered

The day she left her soul behind

In a land

Torn with violence and war…

She left her life —

Almoud, Mia and other children she played with

Down the street ….

She couldn’t see straight

Her eyes were blurred with tears

With the memories of the terrible days.

She remembered how she had to leave her world

In the darkness of the night …

She remembered the hunger and the silent tears

Her parents had only to offer…

She remembered the cramped boat

And the violent waves

Making her and her brother sick

As if God had finally turned his wrath on humanity.

But she also remembered the

Comfort of her mother’s lap

Hug of her little brother

And Sunshine, sea spray

And the sea gulls.

She remembered reaching the land…

Land full of promise

And her parents full of hope

But it was all muddled in confusion

that her little mind could cope.

Time passed by…

Life went on.

She and her family survived

Like a little plant survives at the crags…

The little girl has grown into a young woman

Busy with her own life.

But at night

In the depth of her sleep

The little girl still comes back to haunt her….

A little girl scared of the violence

In a far-away land

A little girl who never knew

Why she had to leave

Her homeland, her friends

And her dusty little happy world.

A little girl who never knew

What happened to her friends and families…

A little girl who smiled

With tears in her eyes

To see the little tree she planted

In her new world

To come into blooms.

Sayandeep Das

12 Years Old

King Edward’s School, Birmingham

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