What a concept for our times!

After all, not perilous are all -isms.

Internationalism . . .
a passionate dedication to world peace . . .
hence, the key to the betterment of humanity.

I dream of the day
when, across the board,
our curricula dons finally
a sweeping devotion to humanism,
an unconditional inclusion-ism.

A dream, not impossible to make true . . .

If only
each of us
were to aspire
to inhale and exhale
as the likes of Henry La Fontaine!

© hülya n. yılmaz, 2.10.2020

*One of my three poems that appeared in the February 2020 issue of The Year of the Poet, a monthly international anthology, published by Inner Child Press International.


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6 responses to ““Internationalism”

  1. Congratulations on this terrific poem, which appeared in the February 2020 issue of The Year of the Poet. As I’ve said before, my kind of, e of w, poetry that grabs your mind stays with you ever so effectively, just lives on perfectly as it should! It says it all and leaves room for the reader to think for himself. My dear professor Yilmaz, a poem that is worthy of being called a poem,
    should not be a lecture as one might suggest. Your “Internationalism” is a poem indeed, worthy of being called so, and an extraordinary piece of poetry! Well done as is, Hülya…

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    • I am in utter gratitude for your presence, my dearest Jean-Jacques. The time and attention you gift me with are not only precious to me, but cherished beyond my meager words of a reply. You have been lending me the affirmation we, writers, seek and rejoice in as far as our voices being heard. And I am grateful to you for reassuring me time and time again.


  2. Shareef Abdur-Rasheed

    Add to it in context, idealism as opposed to realism highlights the schism in (ism) reflecting manmade systems socially, politically, economically etc flawed all contaminated with a much more deadly bacteria then Corona it’s the vast and deep corruption in all segments of society from the head down. Consistant with that is capitalism which makes democracy null and void. How, why? You must have the capital to participate in capitalism like chips or cash in a high stake poker game you can’t play unlees you have something to put in the pot. That leaves out most people in what they label democratic nations especially the good ‘ol’ U S A thus democracy is rendered null and void.

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    • May I just reply in a most articulate way, my esteemed brother? WOW! (Sorry for my lack of intelligent words, but you are presenting such a thorough argument that I am in no position to add anything valuable to this discussion. Thank you for reading me, for listening to me, and for approaching this platform critically, analytically.)


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