Beautiful tomorrow? | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 09, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:24 AM, January 09, 2021


Beautiful tomorrow?

In the desolation of today,

I hang on to the promises of tomorrow:

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When life will be in harmony

And struggles gone.


I believe that things will change

And I will fly again over the rainbows

Looking down at forests and rivers

Spotting wildlife, as they enjoy their day.


Waiting for tomorrow, I watch

Videos about nature and read books

About wildlife; I imagine the future

And think of stuff to take along.


And, then, I remember, yesterday and today:

Where we pump more oil and burn more coal

Cut more forests and mine more gold.

And then, I wonder, how tomorrow will be.


How will tomorrow be, if today:

We kill each other and nature too;

We build more weapons and borders too?

Will tomorrow be beautiful, if today we neglect?


Ahmar Mahboob is a Linguist. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney.

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