Pandora Box

by Tirzah Shams

Rain fell, love relentless
Hands held, life ain’t endless
Be prepared for when you learn to fly

Tell me, I’m not worthy
Don’t pretend, I know you heard me
Crying, you just don’t wanna try

To save me, and make me a dream
You gave me a chance to come clean
But I failed

I try but I can’t do it
I’d fail, you always knew it
Won’t fake a smile when I wanna cry

COVID-19 Hopes

by Tirzah Shams

Empty streets with broken lives
Abandoned cars that no one drives
Hoping this never occurs again
That nothing will ever be the same

Solitude will be the norm
Far-fetched, but soon will all conform
Beaches a dream, no bathing in the rain
Nothing again will ever be the same

The world might stop but time ‘ll go on
It’ll all be the same, the dusk and the dawn
Happiness might seem to be in vain
So bad, is it for things to be the same?

Mother Earth will slowly heal herself
You’ll learn, you need none but yourself
The loss indeed is nothing against the gain
So yes, nothing again will ever be the same

In fleeting time, there’ll be massive change
And true right now, might seem so strange
But in the end fate will explain
Why it’s so important nothing stays the same

We were draining our planet just months ago
It wasn’t a hoax, as statistics will show
We’ll survive this pandemic if we just abstain
Though nothing will be the same again

The virus will pass, though some will be lost
But we have to pay this horrendous cost
So that our planet survives and be ours again
Then things will be better though never the same

There is no planet B

by Tirzah Shams

There is no planet B: How will climate change affect you and your community?

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”- Greta Thunberg

With her environmental activism this 17 year old Swedish student shook the world with her impassioned speech about Climate Change that has become one of the world’s most pressing issues.

What is climate change? When the average climate of a place changes with new weather patterns, usually through the effect of greenhouse gases, it is known as climate change. Today, because of the excessive release of carbon dioxide in the air, the earth is warming up at incredible rates and the melting of icecaps, surge of heat waves and other climatic disasters have become normal. New climatic disasters have spread fear among people. A great example of this would be the fire tornadoes observed during the worst ever wild bush fires of Australia and turbulent wind conditions. Millions of people are already suffering from the disastrous effects of climate change, from the droughts in Africa to tropical storms in Southeast Asia. Not to forget the extreme heat waves in countries such as Pakistan.

It is a fact that we don’t have a planet B and that this earth is the only one we have. Though efforts have been made to find another planet with a similar climate as our earth, or to colonize other planets like Mars, this is still a far-fetched dream. The earth is deteriorating fast and we need to save it since we have no other options.

Now moving to the topic at hand. How will climate change affect me and my generation and the generations to come? I am an early teenager, yet to explore the world and just beginning to start my journey in this amazing game of life. But life’s opportunities are being taken away from me, from us, from children. We are being stripped of our future and the government is ignoring our cries. Today, it’s the kids, the “careless” teenagers that are fighting for the future of this planet while “responsible” adults turn a blind eye and ignore the issue, putting it on the back-burner. That young activist Greta Thunberg made her transatlantic carbon-free voyage on a yacht just to raise awareness in the media and government sectors through more than 60 world leaders who attended the UN Climate Summit in New York. It shouldn’t be so that youngsters have to leave their education to fight for their future. You say we kids don’t know what we are talking about; that we don’t understand the issues of this world. Then, may I ask you to make us understand. Explain what could possibly be more important than saving our planet from this impending destruction? But you don’t care. You adults will not be here when the air is too toxic to breathe or when we run out of drinking water. You won’t be here to witness the destruction that you and the generations before you have brought to this planet. I won’t have a future because of the destruction which you my fathers and forefathers have caused.

Now how will climate change affect my generation? I am from the sub-tropical country of Pakistan and our economy is dependent on our agricultural sector. To look at it this way, with an increase in temperature, change in precipitation pattern and more extreme weather conditions the production of agriculture will decrease. The loss of GDP will in turn increase the debts we owe to other countries and will be a source of escalating problems. Melting of glaciers in the Himalayas will be a cause of land sliding and multiple disasters in the foothills. This will also increase the volume of the rivers in Pakistan, threatening flooding and increase in the flow rate. Pakistan is not the primary or a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, yet, we have to bear the brunt of the crisis. The fear of extreme weather, droughts, erratic monsoon rains that will cause flash floods, increased health risks and climate induced migration, increase in saline water in the Indus delta, etc. are also major issues. The elevated sea level will threaten the coastal areas.

Climate change is a big issue, affecting each one of us in a personal, national and international way. Our dear planet, the epitome of life is sinking under water and we are doing nothing about it. There are actions and measures that we can undertake to help save our planet, such as walking instead of driving, reducing and reusing things as much as possible, washing your clothes in cold water as well as hanging them out to dry, unplugging electronic gadgets when they’re not in use, eating less meat and dairy, finding alternatives to indoor heating and air conditioning, etc.

“Carbon is rising,
Our planet is dying,
We need to save it,
We aren’t even trying,
Oh dear adults,
Just quit lying,
The earth is slowly burning up”

An ode to all those women

Women Empowerment

by Tirzah Shams

Behind every successful man
Is a woman, they say
But don’t forget this fact
A woman also carves her own way

She isn’t just someone else’s support
But the epitome of her own success
She is her own person
She isn’t just a pretty face and dress

Her destiny is more than motherhood
Don’t define her life with a single act
She will change the world herself
She will make her own impact

She grows in a society of hate
Where she is stripped of basic rights
But even then, she always flourishes
She is prepared to win her fights

The cruel world around her
Never stops criticizing every move
No matter what she ever does
They always disapprove

“Don’t speak too much
But have a voice,
Don’t live for yourself
Act like you have a choice

Don’t cover up to much,
You’re too boring
Wear more clothes,
No skin should be showing

Wear some makeup,
Look like it’s actual
Ew, your so fake
Look more natural

Your hair is curly?
Heat it straight
Don’t ruin your hair
Don’t make it fake”

And when she asks them
“So what can I do?”
They answer with fake love
“Just be you”

An ode to all those women
For whom, everyday is a battle
When it comes to strength and dignity
You are a prime example

Don’t let the words of these people
Tear your beautiful spirit apart
Keep fighting, my love, it will get better
Time will heal your bleeding heart

Ultimate love

Sun – Earth and Moon ~ metaphors the ultimate love

Poetry by Tirzah Shams

The whole system worshiped her beauty
She was the goddess of the sky
Her greens and blues entranced all
With chocolate eyes and smiles, sly

Those from far away and close
Referred to her as earth
And Mars and Venus by her side
Only just increased her worth

Earth had captured one in particular
Whom circled her day and night
Moon saw the beauty inside of her
And he was attracted to her light

For the universe was filled with millions of beauties
With some big and some small
With diamond rains on some of them
And some experiencing none at all

And some even tried to copy Earth
But they could never reach her level
For this young maiden was an epitome of life
She was truly something special

But even earth had her flaws
And one of them was falling for him
Sun, the player and the mischief
Who made her life so grim

She chased him around years on end
She loved only this lucky star
And before she knew, she was in a circle
She was gone too far

And one day the sun exploded
In a cloud of fiery dust
And took the lives of those near him
And thus repaid their trust

And two of the casualties were the beauty
And her young enthusiast
Earth and Moon could have lived
If they didn’t love, they would last

Picture taken from: https://www.comehometonature.com/body-rhythm-planetary-rhythm/

Dancing Words

by Tirzah Shams

I pick up a pen and a pencil
Pour out words on a page
My words dance to the rhyme
They stand proud on their stage

I peek from behind the curtain
Watch them happy with their art
I view them come together
I see them fall apart

They are slightly off the beat
But none the less happy and proud
I see a few shy away
And some are screaming loud

I see how some hold hands
And some stay miles away
I hear some yelling words
I hear some silently say

But each one knew their own power
How they make sense to me
So what if the world doesn’t know
How each one makes me free

For all the mothers of this family

by Tirzah Shams

I am lonely in the dark
Your the one who lights my sky
I am on a drowning ark
Your the one who’d rather die
I have never seen a love
That has shone so bright
On the darkest of days
You become the only true light

No one can replace you
Your love no one possess
My heart has a lock on it
And only your granted access

God made you from true love
He made you to protect me
It’s you who will be there
When the whole world rejects me

You taught me that life
Is made of salt and sugar alike
And that not everything is perfect
But that is alright

You taught me to make mistakes
And learn from them what is wrong
You told me my differences
Are the reasons I belong
You showed me the path
That lead me to successful living
When I couldn’t change now
You gave me a chance to new beginning
Thank you mom for all your love
For I am nothing without you
Happy Mothers day
The world is empty without you

Struggle of women – Women’s Day

They were prepared to lay their lives
To leave a better future for me
But you told the world that this was just a hoax
You made them no longer free

They kept on fighting until you took away
Their arms and legs that fought
That’s when they really started to speak
Something you easily forget

So you trapped them in a cage of their own words
And erased what was left of their fight
You thought you subdued the spark that they had
The one you just helped ignite

You might have thought you took away
Each weapon that they owned
And for this reason the war had stopped
But No! No, no. It was simply postponed

This war begun with Adam and Eve
And won’t stop, till the end of time
Today is for every woman who fought
Against this deadly crime

Un-Breakabale

by Tirzah Shams

The young generation that you took away
Who had the power to save the day

The youth of ours that you have stopped
The doors of happiness that you have blocked

Mothers you left with nothing but tears
Siblings you left with nothing but fears

Blood you sprayed of our generation
Futures stopped to destroy our nation

You came in this country to destroy our men
To take the light that could have been

But every time you hammer us to break
We’ll rise up again for our country’s sake

Emotional Breakdown

by Tirzah Shams

And finally I burst open
All emotions bubbled out
All anger, worry and sadness
With loud and angry shouts

No I was no longer quite
As I took out a that was within
As now was the point
When I couldn’t keep it in

And this was the moment
And I had lost all control
All the thoughts buried in my heart
Now seeped out through a hole

First it was just thoughts
Then they turned into tears
As I slowly let them spill
With no worries and fears

Minutes turned into hours
As time didn’t stop
Till all the negativity was gone
And I felt strong like a rock

But then I just collapsed
Now I was finally drained
I slipped into slumber
As my heart no longer pained