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APRIL 23 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY
This national day (23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day) in Turkey is a unique event. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. It was on April 23, 1920, during the War of Independence, that the Grand National Assembly met in Ankara and laid down the foundations of a new, independent, secular, and modern republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. Following the defeat of the Allied invasion forces on September 9, 1922 and the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne on July 24, 1923, Ataturk started his task of establishing the institutions of the new state. Over the next eight years, Ataturk and his followers adopted sweeping reforms to create a modern Turkey, divorced from her Ottoman past. In unprecedented moves, he dedicated the sovereignty day to the children and entrusted in the hands of the youth the protection of this sovereignty and independence.
I will be posting a poem on this topic soon!
In the mean time, from the mouth of the children..........
We are the Children
We are the just kids
Alone in this world
My name is Amir
I wish you to meet all my friends
Here is my Jewish friend
Over there my Syrian friend
Beside me my Indian friend
Ah there is my Libyan friend
The little girl, she is from Ukraine
There is Tatiana from Russia
Maria, well she is from Paris
As I know you reading are all grownups and big people
I tell you our nationalities
I know this is important to you
You killed all of our parents in the name of it
I am too small
I have no wish to be big and adult
As I have no wish to kill anyone
If ever though I become big
I will have big demands from all of you
Birthday Cakes for all my friends
Please let them have a birthday even
Balloons, we all want balloons
Can we have animals? Pets? We love them too!
Music and dancing
We want to see all the big ones singing
Laughing and chasing us with hugs
I am just a kid
I am not a poet
Nor a writer
So these are simple words
I would say to you, if….
If I could go to school
You see, I can not read or write
My dream is only you take away my hunger
Give me my mummy and daddy back
If you can
Give us quiet nights
Shake away our fears
Love us more than any hate you have
Tell us a bedtime story
So that we sleep in happiness and peace
Knowing in the morning
You will be there
I am just a kid
A very small one that knows
Something is wrong in this world
I beg of you, each and every big one
Make it right
Hi there, the blog has been running for almost a year, and as you can see I try to keep up a few posts a month. More about poetry and fellow poets, but also about current events, social issues as well as art and music. I look forward to any suggestions from readers and fellow poets!