Youtopia - My Vision for a World Free of Violence

Vaishnavi Pallapothu
Posted December 28, 2018 from India

When I look to what is coming ahead,

I don’t like what I see

Don’t you dare tell me

That it can only get better, instead.


“I’m sure I can convince you”

You’ll tell me with determination.

Saying there will be no discrimination,

You will continue.


Diversity will be celebrated,

You try to convince me,

Beauty will be seen in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Eventually, we will learn to celebrate our differences.


You just don’t see

Our world is filled with hatred and apathy,

It is never an option to, say,

Imagine everyone is empathetic and kind.


Violence and bigotry prevail.

Wars and violence will continue to plague our future and

It doesn’t seem like

The effects can be reduced or even stopped.


Climate change is present and rapid

Planting trees is a habit of the past.

I refuse to believe that

Pollutants do not saturate the skies.


I envisage a time when

Innovation and sustainable development is at its peak

Although it is possible that

Technology, internet and social media will have consumed us completely.


Maybe it is naive to think that

The gender wage gap will disappear.

And I am sure that

The patriarchy will never die.


Once upon a time, we thought

All religions could co-exist in harmony.

Who would have guessed

Prejudice and supremacism would reign supreme


Gone are the days when

People were inherently humane

I think it is time we realize that

We are doomed.


I wouldn’t tell you that

There is hope in this world

Is it possible that

We will have a bright and colourful future?


Now read it from bottom to top.

This story was submitted in response to A World Free of Violence.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 28, 2018
Dec 28, 2018

Hi Vaishnavi,

Thanks for sharing your poem. Tell me more about your vision of envisaging "a time when Innovation and sustainable development is at its peak?" I would like to hear more about it.

Good luck with your story submission.

Dec 29, 2018
Dec 29, 2018

A very insightful and well written essay. Good point about the internet devouring us completely.

Corine Milano
Jan 04, 2019
Jan 04, 2019

Vaishnavi, I love what you wrote here - at first, your poem seemed so bleak, and then reading it the other way, I found such a beautiful and hopeful vision for what is possible!
I especially love this part of the 2nd reading:

"Imagine everyone is empathetic and kind.
It is never an option to, say,
Our world is filled with hatred and apathy,
You just don’t see
Eventually, we will learn to celebrate our differences."

Bettina Amendi
Jan 06, 2019
Jan 06, 2019

Lovely poem.Truly we need the impetus of positivity to move on.

Juliet Acom
Feb 28, 2019
Feb 28, 2019

Hi Vaishnavi,
Thanks for sharing with us.

May 19, 2019
May 19, 2019

Thanks for sharing your story with us. Hope you are doing great?

Urmila Chanam
Sep 09, 2019
Sep 09, 2019

Dear Vaishnavi,
Only hope can save the world. Because we live in the current generation we know the evils of our times; people before us knew the evils of their times, different from ours but evil nevertheless. They did not give up, they fought back, held on hope to pass on the baton to us. Let us run our lap. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on World Pulse for all of us to mull over the current situation.
Love always,
Urmila Chanam

Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019

Dear Vaishnavi,
What a powerful piece you have shared. Definitely, equality is the bottom line of our fight. What a wonderful/colorful world will be without any prejudice towards any of the living beings.
Love and hugs,

Anita Shrestha
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

Dear Vaishanvi
Thank you for sharing this things which helps to know every body ..........................words deeply. Keep it continue.