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Poetry by Areej Tahir
(Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan)

Published April 20, 2019
"Elections" by Areej Tahir - 45 Poems - Eleventh Transmission
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It is the season of making a choice,
nothing is really making sense in this noise,

Fake acts of innocence are being displayed,
and endless, hollow promises are being made,

Promises of food, shelter and health,
promises of peace, security and wealth,

Their words reminds me of the previous season,
reminds me of the acts still unaccounted for treason,

All these words that they speak sound so used,
trust of unfortunate people repeatedly bruised,

the candidates strip themselves of any honesty, any truth,
their biggest target is the energetic, naïve youth,

their words are dripping with duplicity,
their hearts and minds filled with barbarity,

Now as I am supposed to choose,
my mind is confused due to different headlines from the news,

The old ones have been tried,
due to their vicious acts, even the sky cried,

But the new ones bring no true assurance,
what if they wreck us even more during their occurrence?

This crossroad results in three situations,
this season irreversibly divides the nations,

Some take the risk in the situation and choose the new,
Old ones get chosen again from where such daring people are few,

Some stay hidden and do not make a choice at all,
afraid of the blame of the wrong choice and such cowards are the worst of all.

Areej Tahir is an 18 year old Pakistani girl, currently a pre-medical student
who started writing short stories as a part of her curriculum during her
IGCSE’s. As the interest grew, she started writing them as a hobby
and later, one thing led to another resulting in a couple of poems along
with a few short stories. With the passage of her time, she realized her
stronger pursuit is poetry. One of her other passions is debates or any
thought provoking public speaking events. Her favorite author is Sidney
Sheldon and her favorite genre is fiction or mythology. Her aim is to make
her listeners or readers contemplate life, discover a new perspective and
take notice of thing that go otherwise unobserved.
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