Peace & War

Shoot shoot shoot.

Blood.

Fire.

Orange skies.

House.

What house.

No house.

At all.

Run.

From your home.

Run.

For your life.

Run. Run. Run.

For as fast and as you can.

Run.

Because we live in a world that doesn’t recognize peace.

Knows only war.

Run.

Because you can’t not.

Run.

With all you can possibly gather.

Books. Degrees. Chargers. Laptops. Blood. Clothing. Flesh.

Run.

From a world that preaches hate.

Run.

From your own identity.

Or don’t.

And suffer.

Live. Like a refugee has to.

Never like a human.

But live.

For there’s only so many breaths you still need to take.

Breaths that don’t count.

Because we still make war.

And hate.

And bloodshed.

Not peace.

Not brotherhood.

No love left.

So run,

To a world anew.

Or don’t run.

And start a new world with you.
-Ujjwala Gangwal.