And it is dawn again,

Of the last day of a year,

That will be wrapped up,

In the scrolls of eternity.

So much has happened,

To rewrite history,

As wails of innocents,

Rent apart Gaza city.

Violence and mayhem,

Chaos, insurgency,

Have mocked the harbingers,

Of peace and amity.

Killing the blameless,

Has become a hobby,

And sanctity of life,

Has become meaningless.

Some of us reached out,

And searched the stars,

To find some clue,

On and beyond Mars.

Some played in China,

Vying for glory,

In games, while others,

Revelled in anarchy.

I and my loved ones,

Cannot breathe in peace,

So I too must look out,

For better galaxies.

In the east the sun shines,

But how can I rejoice,

To welcome the new year,

What have I got, save a tear?

It's all I can offer,

To those who are striving,

Like me, for preserving,

Our children's laughter.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Produced in Karachi, Pakistan, on the 31st of December 2008.

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