Hush little bomb

Published: December 15, 2015
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We've served our purpose, now leave us alone. We've destroyed the earth, in peace, let us moan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Hush little bomb,

You’ve done your work.

Hush little bomb,

Please hide that smirk.

 

Smother your fire,

Please, just take a break.

Leave the sky,

Please, for humanity’s sake.

 

Don’t you see?

The lives you’ve snatched?

Don’t you feel?

The anger you’ve hatched?

 

Hush little bomb,

You’ve done your work.

Hush little bomb,

Please hide that smirk.

 

Silence your roar,

Please, just lie on the ground.

We have had enough,

Please, not one more sound.

 

What have you done?

You broke their lives in half,

You crushed their bones,

But here you sit and laugh.

 

Hush little bomb,

You’ve done your work.

Hush little bomb,

Please hide that smirk.

 

Think of the blood,

You’ve sprayed in our eyes.

Think of the sorrow,

You’ve thrown in our lives.

 

The hatred, the misery,

It’s all because of you.

The wounds, the scars,

Stop, what more will you do?

 

We’ve served our purpose,

Now leave us alone.

We’ve destroyed the earth,

In peace, let us mourn.

 

Hush little bomb,

We don’t need you now.

Hush little bomb,

We’ll kill ourselves somehow.

The tragedy of December 2014 is not the last of its kind. We, as human beings, have long encouraged and built a system that will lead to our destruction. If humanity doesn’t see the happenings of today as a glaring example, we are truly lost. We have indulged so deeply in the idea of power and defence systems, economic boom, and infrastructural development that we have left behind what is essential for our wellbeing.

Kindness, empathy, tolerance, love, none of these words seems to hold much weight in our idea of ‘progress’. And we have been running behind this ‘progress’ for so long and adamantly that it’s only the normal way of life now. It was the terrorists who murdered innocent souls last year, and it was the heartless who planned this massacre, but it was the world we have designed that really put it all together.

Mishele Ijaz

Mishele Ijaz

The author is a graduate of the Architecture Department at NCA. She aspires to become an urbanist and save our city from ourselves. Sometimes, she writes. She tweets as @Mishele90 (twitter.com/Mishele90)

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