Anne Frank Poetry Award 2019

13-year old Harleen Aujla has won the Anne Frank Poetry Award at the NASUWT’s Arts and Minds 2019. The UK-wide, schools-based competition challenges young people to explore themes of diversity, race, equality and identity through art and creative writing.

Here is her remarkable winning entry, Dear Fellows.

Writing Inspired by the one and only Anne Frank

I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death … I think … peace and tranquility will return again.”

Discrimination is a blanket of ample agony.
Prejudice is a desire to destroy someone’s initial feelings. Diversity is an unsolved question roaming in each human being.

Dear fellows, it’s merely us who can change the world, Do something that stands out and gain love no matter
What skin colour or race we are.

Racism is an enduring discrimination which comes in many shades.
The earth for instance, is a mixture of different races which can’t be changed.

Dozens and dozens of evil demons come and go on earth.
Dozens and dozens of upsetting ideas come and go on earth.
However, dozens and dozens of remedies and healings come and go on earth too.

Dear fellows, it’s merely us who can change the world.
Do something that stands out and gain love no matter
What skin colour or race we are.

Many types of ups and downs come and go in our lives,
yet it’s merely us who can turn them away.
A steady beat is never the right pace to be walking on,
As it can always take a different turn.
Peace is not always presented as a sweet piece of cake,
As it sometimes times can taste sour.
Appalling death tolls in the holocaust for instance,
were incredibly abundant which is why they seemed endless.
Swastikas for instance, were a symbol of hope,
But then, turned into disaster.
They weren’t just tattooed on people’s heads,
But also minds.

Dear fellows, it’s merely us who can change the world,
Do something that stands out and gain love no matter what skin colour or race we are. And, it’s merely us who can liberate people from prejudice, And break the chains of hatred people have against different races and religions.

BY HARLEEN AUJLA.

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Winner Harleen is presented with her award by Uzma Zahid, one of the first ever Anne Frank Ambassadors.