Old Bangers and Mercs – Poem About Life

Your bank account balance doesn’t reflect your worth, nor does the car you drive. Sadly, cheap stuff often earns you disdain. This is a poem about life in poverty. As you got out of your Merc and spotted my old banger, you couldn’t hide your disdain. Yes, I say, the value of my car precisely…

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Child Marriage – Statistics and Effect

In the developing world, 1 in 9 girls is married before they reach the age of 15, while 1 in 3 girls marry before they’re 18. Groups campaigning for the abolition of child marriage like Girls Not Brides report that each year, 12 million girls worldwide marry before reaching 18. Because of population size, Sub-Saharan…

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Longing for the Warring to End – The Ceasefire in Syria Has Failed

The ceasefire in Syria has failed. The UN and US have accused Russia, the Syrian government, and Turkey of breaching it, making the delivery of humanitarian aid nigh impossible. Turkey has rejected the UN ceasefire resolution, its president saying:”God curse your resolution”, thus lamenting that the ceasefire excluded military action against some terrorist groups. To…

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Does Poverty Affect Self-Esteem?

In a 2015 study by Ben Fell and Miles Hewstone from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK, what many, living in poverty or working in deprived areas, had suspected for a long time, was proven accurate. Poverty has a detrimental effect that goes far beyond lacking resources. So, to answer the question, “does poverty affect self-esteem?”:…

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Poem for the Lepers of Yemen

According to a report from Aljazeera, 367 people were diagnosed with leprosy in 2016. Ostracized by their families, many of them make their way to the leper colony in Taiz to receive medical attention. But the war has hampered efforts of aid agencies, who struggle to distribute aid and provide adequate medical help. Among the…

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Anti-Hijab Demonstrations in Iran

29 women protestors were arrested in Iran following anti-hijab demonstrations. Holding hijabs aloft on a stick to voice opposition against laws necessitating women to wear headscarves, hundreds of women had taken to the streets. Though women in Iran have fought the hijab for many years, public protests as well as writing about this topic have…

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Collective Responsibility

When your big toe is hurting, your whole body doesn’t feel right. Your brain soon gets the message, your eyes eager to take a look. Reasoning together, your brain, heart, and the entire aching body resolves, to help out the big toe. Your entire being may even make time to go and see the doctor.…

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Bearing the Brunt

Today, the innocent often bear the brunt of the disastrous consequences of ignorant political and social decision making. Here’s a poem about bearing the brunt. The Innocent How come it is always the vulnerable and meek who bear the brunt of society’s woes? How come those in power don’t suffer the consequences of their bad…

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I wish I could….My Christmas Wish

As Christmas is approaching and we gear up to lavish each other with gifts and enjoy an abundance of food, my thoughts go to those less fortunate among us. This is my Christmas wish. And I wish I could Give shelter to all the homeless Comfort the sad Be with the lonely Share my dinner…

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