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23/06/2018

The Road to a Safer Future


Wolsey Hall Oxford homeschooling student Hannah Guansing (age 18) wrote this poem as part of our college entries for the Queen’s Commonwealth competition 2018, the results of which we will still have to wait eagerly for several months to receive! She chose the topic from a range of options, and her poem is both cleverly written and very meaningful.

 

Hannah studied first Secondary Level then IGCSEs with Wolsey Hall Oxford. She is currently working on her A Levels and studies at home in Malaysia. Her subjects are English Language, English Literature, and History, which has clearly helped with her excellent creative writing skills!


 

 

The Road to a Safer Future

By Hannah Guansing

 

 

We have always been wanderers,

 

like our ancestors before us:

 

their tired feet that sought land is now

 

our worn-out shoe soles after a long day.

 

The maps that marked their paths are now

 

our roads we use every day.

 

We’re no different from the nomads of before,

 

but we wander without navigation.

 

Maybe that’s why the nomads were hopeful;

 

they knew where to go, their destination.

 

Each step we take forward

 

also drags us back

 

because we don’t know where we’re headed

 

our minds have grown slack.

 

 

 

Why are we called the Commonwealth

 

if not all of us are wealthy?

 

Here are some issues that happen

 

On a global scale daily:

 

the masses of terrified people fleeing wars

 

natural resources decreasing

 

the historic inequality between men and women,

 

and despair that plagues jobless 20-somethings.

 

The depressing current affairs of today

 

destroy the purpose of tomorrow.

 

We have lost all hope in the future,

 

there seems to be nothing but sorrow.

 

 

 

Tomorrow is a funny word;

 

we say it because we are anticipating

 

another day, another 24 hours

 

but it never comes, it is always arriving.

 

Every today was yesterday’s tomorrow

 

why not think in this way

 

instead of worrying and believing

 

that tomorrow is too far away?

 

If tomorrow is a future “today”

 

Then we have lived so many futures.

 

Maybe our safer future isn’t a destination

 

it is a journey of many races and cultures

 

all moving in the same direction.

 

 

 

The future is ours not to reach or take

 

but ours to build.

 

Maybe it’s called the Commonwealth

 

because we all share a common will.

 

We all want to have hope

 

We all want to live

 

even when living becomes harder today

 

when tomorrow comes, it comes as a relief.

 

Each day is a step in this metaphorical road

 

that stretches on seemingly endlessly.

 

But if we have lived countless futures

 

then this road will not lead any;

 

it is merely building us up

 

the future of many todays.

 

 

 

Maybe it’s not us building a road to a safer future

 

It’s the road creating us and our future.

 

 

 


 

 

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