We Fell Asleep in One World and Woke Up in Another

POETRY FORMAT, 25 Jan 2021

Haroon Rashid – TRANSCEND Media Service

We fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another.
Suddenly Disney is out of magic,
Paris is no longer romantic,
New York doesn’t stand up anymore,
the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty.
Hugs & kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents & friends becomes an act of love.
Suddenly you realise that power, beauty & money are worthless, and can’t get you the
oxygen you’re fighting for.
The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It only puts humans in cages.
I think it’s sending us a message:
“You are not necessary.
The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine.
When you come back, remember that you are my guests.
Not my masters.”


Haroon on the Galaxy TV News link notes that his poem is about preserving earth, “if there will be no planet, then there will be no you… all the humans out here, stand with and for truth, that makes us human and when we will become true human, then only we will be true to earth.” The poem is mentioned in other blogs too including one by Oprah Winfrey written while she was recovering from Covid-19 recently. See links:




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One Response to “We Fell Asleep in One World and Woke Up in Another”

  1. Gary Steven Corseri says:

    Thank you, Haroon Rashid. An excellent poem! Straightforward language, but with deep meaning, making a lasting impression. I hope we can heed the message here before it is too late to save ourselves and protect and relish this precious planet.

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