Ode to 2011 on 1-1-11

Oh year with a very cute number

With a first date, that we’ll all remember.

It’s not just one followed by one

But one, then one, then one-one.

What you have in store, no one can tell.

Who can hear the chimes, ‘fore you ring the bell?

But “Welcome,” with all my heart I say,

“Bring peace and joy: for these we pray.”

I see many conflicts and many  wars,

But I also see  sunshine and stars.

I hear people who only say No!

But we have also the U.N.O.

I hear people calling each other name,

There are also scientists worthy of fame.

All around are noises of every kind

But also music of the sublime kind.

Silly books I sometimes get

And hateful ravings in the Internet.

But thoughtful people also write

To spread values that are right.

So for everything wrong and sad

There’s always something good, not bad.

Even the sins that mustn’t be done

Sometimes give us lots of fun.

This year will surely be fine:

If we see  a State of Palestine,

May  people there to enjoy a Feast

To toast Peace in the Middle East.

When all that tension finally ends

Arabs and Israelis will be friends.

Though this seems too much to ask,

I wish you success in this difficumorelt task.

I wish we quit Afghanistan

And handshakes ‘tween Ind and Pakistan.

I wish for the silence of  roaring guns

I wish Democrats to  like even Republicans

May science and religion see eye to eye,

To achieve this let  people try.

Deep down we’re all the same,

No matter how we play the game.

I wish good health for every plant and tree

I want more ice cream flavors, sugar-free

I wish for pizzas, fries, tasty all

But with only zero cholesterol.

These  wishes don’t arise from greed

They’re things the world doth direly need.

If you really get all this done

You will be One-One in more sense than one.

Published by:

Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

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