[Utilising the thoughts of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and the style of  Urdu poet Naeem Siddiqui]

War again

War again

Russia attacks

Another neighbour devoured

Ukraine is bombed

War again

War again

Bloodshed galore

Devils celebrate

Fiends rejoice

War again

War again

Mothers lament sons

Sisters bemoan brothers

Clouds of sorrow descend

War again

War again

Gentle hearts burn

Sadness swells

Desires bite the dust

War again

War again

Flower-like children wither

Orphans multiply

Oppression knows no bounds

War again

War again

O the futility of war

Anything good in it?

Will evil ever contrite?

War again

War again

Let the story of the war end now

Bloodshed no more

March ahead with the banner of peace held high

Be human, be humane

No war again

Yes, no war again

[Composed originally in Urdu by Intizar Naeem and rendered into English by Arshad Shaikh]

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