Since When

Since When

Syeda Rumana Mehdi

 

It is easy to pick up a gun

But why

is it so difficult to pick up a bullet infested body?

 

It is easy to defend one’s religion

But why

is it so difficult to kill a two year old infidel?

 

It is easy to protect one’s honor

But why

is it so difficult to bury a daughter alive?

 

It is easy to choose what is right

But why

Is it so difficult to shed blood?

 

The white flag of truce has been bathed in blood

Since when did violence become the path to salvation?

 

It is easy to stand up

But why

is it so difficult to stand up to do the right thing?

 

It is easy to spread peace

But why

is it so difficult to convince ourselves to do it?

 

It is easy to understand how to establish peace

But why

is it so difficult to have a peaceful soul?

 

The white flag of truce inside us needs to be cleansed

Since when did our ego get such control over us?

 

It is easy to be happy

But why

is it so difficult to co-exist

 

It is easy to dance and sing in joy

But why

is it so difficult to celebrate Diwali, Christmas and Eid together?

 

It is easy to hold hands

But why

is it so difficult to raise hands in prayer together?

 

The white flag of truce is waiting to hoisted

Since when did we begin to ignore the plea of our heart?

 

It is easy to breathe

But why

is it so difficult to live?

 

It is easy to speak

But why

is it so difficult to communicate with the heart?

 

It is easy to hear

But why

is it so difficult to listen to others?

 

The anthem of the white flag of truce is calling out to us

Since when did we say that my language was the universal language?

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