A Life to Choose by Shobana Gomes

A lone person walking on a deserted road with a destroyed city burning in the background and a thick plume of ash and smoke in the sky
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I don’t know why the world is weary now,

weighed down by fighting,

torching fires ignite huge flames of discord.

I try to look away, but those images keep repeating in my mind,

tortured souls that once fought wars,

now lying in tombs that some may never know or hear of,

buried under the earth’s hardened soil.

How did they die when there is so much to live for?

or Why?

I think countries are broken up for a reason,

Maybe from zealous men who reek of scents

of power

of control



the pride





Someday, to regret.

No warlords have ever died without guilt or shame,

without innocent blood in their hands,

nor peacefully.

No warlords have ever gone to their graves

without fear

knowing they chose war,

to destroy peace.

No warlords live with rested minds.


Shobana Gomes lives in sunny Malaysia. She believes that poetry is a culmination of heart and soul. Therein she finds her peace and inspiration. She advocates that life is a gift and believes that every person has a right to freedom. You can follow her on her social media pages or visit her blog SIMPLY SHOBANA to read her work.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. jonicaggiano says:

    This is so heartfelt Shobana and so true. I think often Christmas is a time for renewal and gathering the family, but thank you for writing a piece that makes each of us who have family to gather with – stop and realize how very fortunate indeed we are. Life is full of fragility, sin, greed, and many other very ugly things to look upon. This is a beautifully written piece. So tomorrow while kissing our loved ones, lets remember all those who have died this year in our world. Saying a prayer for Ukraine and all the lives lost to Covid around the world. Blessings to you Shobana.

    “a total of 6,826 killed (2,686 men, 1,822 women, 174 girls, and 216 boys, as well as 38 children and 1,890 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
    a total of 10,769 injured (2,336 men, 1,690 women, 224 girls, and 314 boys, as well as 252 children and 5,953 adults whose sex is yet unknown)” This information came from “https://www.ohchr.org/en/news/2022/12/ukraine-civilian-casualty-update-19-december-2022”

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  2. That is so beautiful what you said here, Joni, and I agree with you. We need to be thankful for our blessings, especially in these volatile times. Have a lovely Christmas, hugs and many blessings to you.

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  3. Terveen Gill says:

    Shobana writes of destruction and the greed that backs it allowing no concessions. Callous individuals who forget that they too will leave this world and take nothing with them. The cries and curses of thousands who suffer will surely have to be answered if not here then in some other realm. Be prepared to face the consequences.
    Congratulations Shobana.

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    1. Thanks so much, Terveen for the summation. Life is so fragile and often people don’t realize it until it is too late.

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  4. A powerful and well crafted write Shobana❣️
    “No warlords have ever died without guilt or shame,

    without innocent blood in their hands,

    nor peacefully.

    No warlords have ever gone to their graves

    without fear

    knowing they chose war,”

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