World Peace - By: Penelope Oliver
We were all humans in harmony
Mammals in the meeting of the minds
Beings in tranquility
Class classified us
Religion created resistance
Different-abilities defined us
Color codified our rights
Sexuality constrained us
Gender oppressed us
Education entitled us
Looks limited us
Birthplaces delineated us
Nationality demarcated us
Origins confined us
When we corrode these entrenched metal
chains that imprison us and our dreams by
making change in all we see
The world’s tight chains woven around the
enslaved will break
We will all be free
Since we will have surmounted these enduring
chains of separation and suppression
By the power of peace & equity
Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.:
The main idea of this poem is to evaluate all the barriers we as a society have constructed to bar others from success and liberty. My goal was to dive deep into inequality and highlight that we are all humans.
Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.:
My creative process is rather unusual, and I often find my best ideas while dancing. I was dancing around and visualized a world with no limits, and within minutes strung my ideas into verses.
Why did you choose to write this poem?:
Poetry has power, and literature can liberate. I write for the imprisoned by injustice, and I write to inspire others to fight for equal rights.
Do you have any tips or anything to share with the youth writers who may be reading this?:
Always dream, and never force yourself to write. Your best ideas come when you allow yourself time to ponder and listen to the world around you.