Celebrating Surrey’s Past and Future- Ruab Waraich


A seraphic and pristine allegory in history

Dominated by the mystic aroma of cedars,

With the serene slithering of Fraser in the north

And Serpentine in the south

She has been envied in the past.

Initially guarded by the British

And craved for by the Americans

She flourished.

Bustling with life

And rich with sprinkling of flora and fauna,

Her story began,

Knitted by the Europeans.

Semiahmoo and Kwantlen First Nations

Credited as the first inhabitants,

Through Fleetwood, through Whalley

Within Guildford, within Newton

And through Cloverdale and South

She is felt everywhere.

Nature is her majestic pride,

And through every movement

She strengthens her glide.

Today she is a wonder

Enjoying her joyous ride,

Tomorrow awaits a future

Stronger that the ferocious tide,

She is growing

Adorned as a gorgeous bride,

She is a living dream

Home to innovation and creativity,

Gracefully clearing

The obstacles that pull her back.

What a classic example she is;

Penned down

In the fragrance of history

She is my home, your home

More precisely

She is our home.

And people like to call her


 Note: This poem is written specifically for the city of Surrey in British Columbia, Canada.

Why Is Poetry Difficult?

Poetry is often viewed as a higher level of academics by students and others alike. Students associate poetry with risks in their academic performance. They fear that a course in poetry will pull down their Grade Point Average. The students at this point are making a very wrong assumption. In other words, they are making a wild guess. Poetry is a beautiful form of literature which can be understood quite easily if we put in some effort. It is the best medium to think critically and understand social, cultural, and political realities of the poet’s time. For instance, it must have been extremely difficult for someone to write about his/her views openly in an authoritarian society. Poetry is the best way to protest against something without directly stating it. It is this indirect medium and different style of language that makes students flinch from the word “poetry.” At the same time if we learn to grasp the complexity of poetry, we can analyze almost anything in a much effective and proficient way than we would have otherwise done. Poetry also acts as a medium of truth. It tells us more about a speaker than a biography does. Do study poetry if given a chance next time. Don’t be afraid. It doesn’t bite.

Aesthetic divinity~ruab waraich

Beauty,the eternal essence of aesthetic

diving every moment

into the hearts of the beholder,

grinding every sorrow

into the serene dawn of morrow

From dusk to dawn 

shall time teach us

as to how every moment

so profound,so pure

can mar the disguise 

of the treacherous lament,

perhaps the flowers,the trees,

the birds and the natural

with an innocence so pristine

can ignite the newfangled 

in the atoms of every gene

Peculiarity hits hard

as to how many a gene

fail to engulf 

the aesthetic sense of the serene……..

(P.S.  When it comes to writing about beauty,

I just love John Keats.)