Friends by Vildana Stanisic

My friend, unknown and known,
where are you in such a hurry Yes, stop for a moment!
Open your eyes and look around.
Does your little heart ache?

Stop for a minute my friend!
How long do others get rich at your expense?
They have an old slogan
and stick to the one who quarrels and rule.

Slow down, my friend,
and look the real truth in the face.
Use your head a little too,
so you will realize that I am right.

Cool a little friend dear!
Can’t you see we’ve all gone to hell together?
One does not live by nation and religion,
we are to blame for this kind of life.

So let’s say “NO” to the divisions!
We are all of flesh and blood
and we’re all in the same sauce today,
we all need a job and a roof over our heads.

Where and when will we be born?
Who our parents will be
and what name will he give us?
We couldn’t choose that.
But now all together,
we can fight to keep it the same.

We are all blacksmiths of our own happiness.
The podium will not bring us anything good!

Vildana Stanisic
Bosnia and Herzegovina


TLOP Today kicks off the start date for inking against brutality. We want to read poems from authors and writers on topics that ranges from police brutality, violence, sexual abuse, government maladministration, global crisis and the endemic called poverty. All poems will be published on our website All you have to do is to use the below #hashtag when writing your poem on the internet. If you’ve written a poem that fits into any of the aforementioned list, shoot us your poem at Let’s ink against brutality!

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