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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

At last,

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.

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