The Blooming Crush

Param Tahilramani

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

Like a summer flower on a winter morning

The dew settles on your subtle skin.

Amidst the mist, you choose to bloom

Setting you apart from your own kin.

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The Festival

Param Tahilramani

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

It may have been the festival of lights,

But what truly made it complete

Was the flooding sound of delights.

In from the windows, doors, and rooms


As the crackers burst in a swarm of wows

For each man, woman, and child.

The celebration livened in a cacophonous joy

And unleashed the vibrant wild.

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Will to Kill

Siddhant Iyer

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

As I look at my past,

Wondered how it flied so fast.

Imagined when I of my youth,

Still I yearn to find truth.


Framed I was with beings,

Squalid were those thoughts,

at a distance it didn’t seem,

but immutably robbed was my dream.

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Construct the End

Siddhant Iyer

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

The most beautiful sphere of universe,

Nature, ocean and the recent man, all its elements,

This sphere known to us as Earth,

Is accused of being a criminal!

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Hollow

Sanchit Ruia

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

have you ever felt empty

like a meaningless well

that devours all of its feelings

and keeps it empty still

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Her Last Word

Aryan Dhar

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

The Sun descends below the horizon, a disconcerting red ball beleaguered by diabolical forces. A woman cries, clutching her child's hands, as obnoxious, crepuscular shades blemish the sunken sky. A man’s wicked laugh ECHOES through the desolate desert.

“Night has approached” her five-year-old whimpers. In an ephemeral moment, hope flies by, but this isn’t an ordinary night, it is one of those perdurable nights that has plagued the lives of many.

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A Blank Sheet of Paper

Aryan Dhar

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

Occasionally it strikes me,

That I have no one, That I am no one, That I am simply a blank sheet of paper,

Blank, Empty of words, Empty of emotions, And Empty of actions.

Who am I?

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Words by HIM

Abhishek Karve

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

You call from your happening world

To my ethereal prison,

You call to me.

Failure and poverty are man's burdens

When you experience them,

You call to me.

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Refuge

Mia Gerrmann

International School of Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)

Carrie rose through the sky

A sparkling twinkle in her eye

Past planets, stars and lights she soared

Her dreams consumed her oh once more

‘Mummy, that’s what I want to be’

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Lost and Found

Mia Gerrmann

International School of Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany)

It’s funny the way we never know why we are lost

Until we are found.

It’s funny how the world keeps turning

The wind keeps blowing

The birds keep chirping

And life keeps living.

But you aren’t smiling

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Blue

Soumya Sathe

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)

Blue.

A feeling, a thought.

An inspiration.

A fleeting sound, a rush of air,

A drunken glance.

A cold, bitter truth; a broken inhibition.

A touch.

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The Red Paper Doll

Aishwarya Potdar

Podar International School (Mumbai, India)  

Stories are for cowards who don’t accept

So, let me let you a story of a girl who wept

Her life crumbling into red dust

Her soul losing hope and trust

Nine is when she was supposed to play Musical Chairs

Not worry about her clothes that were mauled with tears

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My madness

Giovanna Skoufalou

HAEF (Athens, Greece)

What does a quiet mind sound like

What does it do

When it meets a wild one

Does it explode?

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I Want to Build a Better World Because

Jacqueline Mendoza

IB Lamar Academy (Allen, TX)

I want to build a better world because

Of people like my mom— a teacher with an endless heart and knowing eyes

Of people like my dad— glasses perched and silence as comforting as a blanket

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Battlefield

Bianca Matthews

Turner Fenton Secondary School (Ontario, Canada)

The voice, like thunderous missiles to the purity in my mind

Back and forth between the idea it has planted in me

A foe who despises the very thought of my existence on earth

What is life, if we can’t bask in the glory

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War made us Savages

Noura Nawras 

Al-Hussan International School (Khobar, Saudi Arabia)

War made us savages.

It completely took away our sanity,

And gave us insanity.

Is this how it's always been?

Because I can't remember the last time I walked down these streets feeling fearless.

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UNblackNESS

Malaya Wright

Westwood High School (Austin, TX)

Let’s talk about being black,

Cuz’ race does matter,

Though I rather talk about the tears and tatters,

And why society  shatters.

But I digress,

Race does matter.

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The Christmas Truce

Yousef Amr Atta

Modern English School Cairo (Cairo, Egypt)

It was a gloomy Christmas evening,

And 1914 was the year,

The soldiers waddled through a sea of dirt and blood,

Faces lacking a Christmas cheer,

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Someday

Shubhi Raghav

Pathways World School Noida (Noida, India)

Upon another night’s view

of the mountain across the lake

I found a feeling new

the uniformity darkness can make

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Deserve to Fly

Shubhi Raghav

Pathways World School Noida (Noida, India)

Sat upon the ledge, as bird,

still remained silent, my words,

I wonder what my twinkle in the sky,

my lark that can beat the fly,

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