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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: February 9, 2020      Views: 176

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Pakistan...the good and the bad!
"A Beautiful Mess" by Aaqib Naeem
Blood and bones
Fear and hate
Pain and sorrow
Tears and rage
Sick and forlorn
Such a desolate place
What has our country become?

It never was perfect
If you think about it
But between the suffering
Amidst all the chaos
It has always held within

A raw beauty rarely seen
A purity so rarely felt
A passion so unheard of
A scent so wild; free and alive
Enriched within its very core
That is why it has always been
My beloved, infinitely blessed
My country, such a beautiful mess!

Silver Lining writing prompt entry

Writing Prompt
Write a poem of any type about something ugly (war, hate, cruelty) - but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.

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Pakistan...is much more than just the sum of what media portrays! All countries and states have their own challenges just as my country has its own. You have to search for beauty and pureness regardless of what might seem to be on the surface.
The 1st stanza shows us Pakistan with all its problems and the way media highlights them in a one-sided way. And we kind of deserve that for having zero standing at the international level by never telling our side of the story. That is pretty much a no brainer.

The 2nd stanza is the part about finding beauty and pureness underneath the rougher outlook.

The last stanza is where my patriotism and beliefs come to the fore...which remind me that this is my identity and everything I have ever known. So, it is up to me to be better as a person and a citizen and portray that positive side of my country that only a few people can currently see!

I pray that Pakistan finally manages to shrug off the things that hinder it and find the pathway to true progress! It is a land of unlimited yet unfulfilled potential. To fulfil that potential is the silver lining I hope for!

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