NATIONAL POETRY WRITING MONTH (NaPoWriMo) 30/30 CHALLENGE
BELOW ARE MY DAILY 30 IN 30 NaPoWriMo CALENDAR OF POEMS. SOME HAVE BEEN SLIGHTLY LATE (don't you F---IN judge me...) CLICK ON EACH DAILY LINK TO SEE THE POETRY CONTENTS.
NaPoWriMo - 11/30 - "Are the same"
Since I am trying to catch up on my NaPoWriMo, this poetic form seems incredibly fitting. The form is called a “Found” poem.. I’ll explain after you read this poem… ______________________________________
Are the same
“The terrorists thought That they would change our aims And stop our ambitions But nothing changed in my life Except this:
Weakness, fear and hopelessness Died. Strength, power and courage Were born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions Are the same. My hopes Are the same. My dreams Are the same.”
Telling the Assembly That she was focusing on women's rights And girls' education Because they were suffering the most, Ms. Yousafzai called upon world leaders To change Their strategic policies In favour of peace And prosperity.
“We call upon all Governments To ensure free Compulsory education For every child All over the world,” She said,
Also Calling on Governments To fight against terrorism And violence, To protect children From brutality And harm.
This is an exact excerpt from a UN article where Malala Yousafzai spoke to the UN regarding children’s education. None of this poem is original at all. This concept of a “Found” poem is to take text that you might ordinarily read, leave the text the same, and bring it to light poetically through line breaks and separated stanzas. I wanted to capture how defiantly and beautifully Malala speaks. That’s the beauty of poetry… Happy NaPoWriMo!