Thursday, October 29, 2009

Poetry Thursday - Give the world to the children

"Let us give the world to the children at least for one day
Let them play with it as if it's a spangled balloon
Let them sing and dance among the stars

Let us give the world to the children
Like a huge apple or a warm loaf of bread
at least for one day
so that they'll have enough to eat

Let us give the world to the children
so that even if it's for one day
it will learn what friendship is

The children will take world
out of our hands
and they will plant immortal trees."

Nazim Hikmet (1901 to 1963)

The words of this Turkish poet, translated here into English, remind me of why we conduct youth foreign exchange. You can find out more about this poet here.


Pom Pom said...

I LOVE that poem! When all feels sad and polluted, there's nothing like the sight of a child, loving life, exploring with wonder, and surrendering to care. Thank you.

Aisling said...

Pom Pom, I feel the same way. Thank you for letting me know that you appreciate what I shared today! :)

June said...

Beautiful! What a nice reminder...

Aisling said...


Isn't it nice? I really like the way the poet makes us think about what is important.

Thank you for visiting!

Marinela said...

Awesome.. Love it!

Aisling said...


Me too. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed reading it. :)