I will never forget 2014,
What an incredible year,
I fell in love,
Germany won the FIFA cup
And 276 girls were kidnapped from a school
Some of them never returned,
Somewhere just adjacent to where we live
141 children died in a Peshawar school
And then Christmas came
And so did a new year,
But the children were gone forever
A three-year-old molested
Much closer to home
A teenager murders a child
And we said 2018 is going to be better
Another FIFA World Cup
Stones hurled at school bus, not from the capital
Another gun violence kills 17
Some would never return home
All in school,
What we call a second home
Oh what a miserable world do we live in
Where history matters more than our future
Where gun laws are as delicate as the trigger in AK-15
Where radical views matter more than a peaceful world
Where filthy hands don’t hesitate before making their way into a child’s vagina
What a time to live in?
where our fury doesn’t outlast a viral trend
Where a movie trailer has more people talking about it
First, they came for them, we said
Hey look, we are holier than thou
Then they came for our neighbors’
We said it’s not ours
Then they came for a kid on drugs
We made memes
And soon they will come for our children?
Why isn’t the fire lit yet?
Why isn’t there an outrage?
Why aren’t we out on streets?
Why are we so apolitical?
Why are we so indifferent?
We weep for son of God,
When will we weep for that of our neighbour’s?