Colours of Unity

Two men, one white and one black,
Locked in battle, then dying on a track.
Creed and shade, mere illusions spun,
For blood that flowed had colours one.
In humanity’s tapestry, threads entwine, 
Black, white, and shades, both yours and mine. 
Let love be our anthem, kindness our creed, 
For in unity’s embrace, all hearts shall heed.
Colours of unity, woven in grace, 
Mother’s milk nurtures every race,
Father, daughter, son, and kin, 
Our bond transcends mere skin.
As the world spins with stories still untold,
Let compassion be our compass, loyal and bold.
When life’s journey done, and the distance run,
Rejoice that we were diverse, yet truly one.

About this poem

This poem was for NAIDOC Week in Australia which falls in July. Its purpose is to recognize and honour the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. This poem explores the theme of unity and celebrates the shared humanity that transcends colour and racial differences. Despite our diverse backgrounds, we are fundamentally connected by our common experiences and emotions.

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Written on May 24, 2024

Submitted by jn.selvadurai on June 10, 2024

Modified by jn.selvadurai on July 08, 2024

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 678
Words 128
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 19

Niranjan Selvadurai

I am an Australian with Sri Lankan roots. Though I have had a life-long fascination for international poetry, I commenced writing poetry only about a decade ago. The sudden passing away of a dear childhood friend was the initial trigger. I find written expression involving rhyme, imagery, and symbolism a fulfilling experience. I write poetry both in English and in Sinhala. more…

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  • Charles2
    Very skillful and cleverly constructed. A war of souls lost. Finding its truth in retrospect. A well written anthem for/of an ideal society.
    LikeReply9 hours ago
    • jn.selvadurai
      Thank you for your appreciation and rich feedback.
      LikeReply5 hours ago
  • jeanmardn
    Very well said
    LikeReply 115 hours ago
    • jn.selvadurai
      Thank you for your appreciation. It means a lot.
      LikeReply4 hours ago
  • aliciam.47728
    That was a beautiful piece. Loved the flow and the message.
    LikeReply1 day ago
    • jn.selvadurai
      Thank you for your appreciation. We are one race - the human race.
      LikeReply4 hours ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you again, jn.selvadurai. Historically and geographically the continents, once united as Pangea, have drifted apart at their surface; yet below the surface, as your poem alludes to, we as a humanity, remain intimately connected as One. 
    LikeReply 13 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you so so much, Niranjan Selvadurai, for this beautifully written poem inviting humanity and invoking us all to embrace the divine unity that beckons us all. PS: This poem in many ways is answer to my soulful poem of soliloquy called “A War For Our Mind.” 
    LikeReply 14 days ago
    • jn.selvadurai
      Thank you for you sentiments Karl. I do see your point. This poem is about uniting humanity while you have emphasised the disquiet, division and confusion created through misinformation in your poem.
      LikeReply4 days ago
  • elizabethh.11605
    very beautiful
    LikeReply4 days ago
    • jn.selvadurai
      Thank you Elizabeth for your appreciation of the message.
      LikeReply4 days ago
  • amandak
    LikeReply 16 days ago
    • jn.selvadurai
      Thank you Amanda for your appreciation.
      LikeReply6 days ago
    • amandak
      Your welcome
      LikeReply 15 days ago
  • Abbykesington
    There is only one race, the human race. Thanks for sharing this poem on unity. " colours of unity, woven in grace."
    LikeReply6 days ago
    • jn.selvadurai
      thank you voting for this poem. Great to observe the message being appreciated.
      LikeReply6 days ago


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