September 28, 2023


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Poetry: Nineteen Tomorrows* by Neil Daswani

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Neil Daswani shares a poignant poem on the brutal massacre of nineteen elementary school kids of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas on May 24th by a lone teenage gunman.


(As the editor’s pick for this week, this article will be available for free reading for a week)

Shooter in the classroom

… run, run, run

but, there’s nowhere to run

and there’s nowhere to hide 

the shooter in the classroom

has got hate on his side 

It makes no sense 

he’s all of eighteen

he’s come of age

isn’t it obscene?

he now owns a licence 

to trigger his rage 

a licence to kill

… a licence to maim

no limit to the number 

of lives he can claim 

a licence to kill 

… a licence to maim

ready, fire … aim 

shooter in the classroom 

… run, run, run 

nineteen tomorrows

that ended today 

shooter in the classroom 

… run, run, run 

nineteen tomorrows

… that fell to a gun

*A memoriam for the nineteen children who died on May 24th 2022 at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, Texas

About the Poet

Neil Daswani is a naturalized Singaporean of Indian origin. Over the past thirty-one years he has lived and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East. This international background finds expression in his poetry. He is a banker by day and a poet by night who now writes poetry prolifically. His poetry covers a myriad of themes ranging from nature and mythology, high school physics and history, to humour and the ebb and flow of love and relationships.

The year 2020 has been a milestone year for him wherein he has published three separate volumes of poetry: Why Now? followed by Seen & Felt and Redshift.

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