I Won’t Be a Child for Long
© Lozan Yamolky
Instill peace in me.
Don’t wait until I am caught in the crossfire
not knowing which side am I on.
Instill love in me.
Don’t wait until I am all alone and in pain
not knowing why I exist.
Instill compassion in me.
Don’t wait until I harm others
not knowing what empathy means.
Instill tolerance, acceptance
and fairness in me.
Teach me how.
Don’t wait until others teach me to hate
and harden my heart.
Teach me, so I can see light
even when I find myself
in the saddest,
darkest place on earth.
Teach me now before it is too late.
Because I won’t be a child for long!
If you want to change the destiny of my generation,
you need to lay the foundation first.
Once you do, I can and will
make peace in my land a reality,
not just a distant dream.
So, shape and mold me
into what you want this world to become.
© Lozan Yamolky
Poem from my book ( Counting Waves)
Published by Silver Bow in October 2017
To order my book (Counting Waves) or (I’m No Hero), send me a message.
Published by Lozan Yamolky
First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that I humbly live on the traditional, unceeded territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Thank you for allowing me to live on your land —Vancouver, BC Canada.
I am a Canadian citizen who migrated from Kurdistan —Present day Northern Iraq, in 1995 after spending over a year as an asylum seeker in Turkey.
I was born and raised in Baghdad in 1972, I am the fifth of eleven children; three boys and seven girls –one brother passed away in infancy.
I am the author of ( I’m No Hero) and ( Counting Waves ) published by: Silver Bow Publishing. I am dedicating my third book of poems ( Dreamers Needed ) to my teenage boys, Trey, 15 and Wyatt, 13.
I started reciting my poems for the first time in 2013 at The Holy Wow Poets Canada in Maple Ridge. I am currently a member of the Canadian Authors Association, Federation of BC Writers, The Royal City Literary Art Society and the Holy Wow Poets Canada. I am presently the secretary of the Royal City Literary Arts Society. I work as a freelance interpreter.
I was commissioned in the fall of 2017 to write a poem about the refugee experience to DaCapo Chamber Choir in Toronto. The event will feature my poem “I am here” in spring 2019.
I was one of the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Poet Award from WIN– Writers International Network Canada and was 3rd place winner at the 2018 Tagore Festival Peace Poems contest. Since first sharing my poetry in 2013, I have featured in numerous poetry events throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
My work has been published in The Royal City Poets Anthologies (Silver Bow Publishing), The Royal City Literary Arts Society online magazine eZine, Wordplay at Work, Creative Quills Ink Verse (North Vancouver), Celebrate Canada 150 and Culture Days From Far and Wide (Multicultural Creative Writing Collection 2017) and the 2018 Holy Wow Poets Anthology (Maple Ridge).
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