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Poems by Soonoo Engineer Dear Dialogue, You published a poem by my mother Soonoo Engineer in your summer issue. Thank you! … In case you'd like to add in any others, I'm sending some more for you to consider. Thanks, Rukshana Engineer

DREAM, MY CHILD DREAM Dream, my child dream, though violence and strife Rent, sever and tear asunder life. Though years may yet lie ahead, When hatred and war prevail, And nightmares cloud our skies, Dream, my child dream. Know that beyond the sunlight, Perpetually, the heavens brighten. Believe in that light, The source of light abundant; So dream my child dream. The greater the gloom, the greater the need to envision, Tranquil fields and sunlit oceans; And nations striving together, climbing together, To reach that resplendent height, to realize The noblest aspiration of the human mind – The joyous unity of all Mankind.

PHOTO ABOVE: Penny Stirling (left) on her 92nd

birthday in July 2016, & Soonoo Engineer, 90 (right).

Two poems from Soonoo’s friend and fellow-poet Penny Stirling follow, next page. Thank you to Rukshana Engineer for forwarding them.

THE LAST REVOLUTIONARIES By Soonoo Engineer

They shall be the last revolutionaries, And they shall come, Not flying banners and wielding swords, Nor with frenzied words, the world to inflame; But freed from the web of grab and gain. Quietly, unrelentingly, they shall pursue their gentle path, Seeking justice through justice, peace through peace, And change through a change of heart. 10 dialogue

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And there shall be about them a joyousness, a calm, And courage that disdains the use of arms. Then, awakened, others will follow, then more and more, Until the bastions of wealth and power crumble and fall. For how shall power wield its force? On whom all force power denies? And who shall entice them with baubles anymore, When those baubles despise. ♣ www.dialogue.ca

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Dialogue v 30 n 2 winter2016 17  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...

Dialogue v 30 n 2 winter2016 17  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...