July 15, 2005
My daughter, Artemis, is ten and will start middle
school next year. She was awarded the "Outstanding Writer" award
based on her classmates vote as well as her teachers recommendation.
I have included three of her poems written mainly to practice different
poetic styles she was learning in fifth grade. All three poems
are about war and its effect on all of us as human beings. It made
me very sad when I first read them... sad, because I didn't know
how much a war so remote to our lives can affect a ten-year old...
I think the world would be a better place if more of us were affected
in the same way, maybe then we would do more to rid the world of
all wars. -- Mojgan
WAR and PEACE
If war leads to peace
Why do we kill and the innocent die?
If war is OK
Why are kids dying sad deaths?
Why are we supporting war?
The rain turns into snow
And no one will explain to me
Why peace is far away
No one tells me the reason
Why we hurt ourselves this way
Attack, kill, and
Ruin mother earth
With our guns
And weapons in high