This poem was read at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 15th annual Sadako Peace Day commemoration on August 6, 2009

I believe the orange leaves should fall I believe that the water in a stream should run I believe fish should swim nothing should be stopped from its purpose

don’t stop flowers from growing nor the lightning from striking

Our purpose is not to fly in heavy metal contraptions or to flatten land for our own selfishness

Our purpose is simple but important Our job is not to kill or destroy

We are here to open up to the world and enjoy its miracles but even more than that, we are here to make peace

Maia Ziaee, 12, is a seventh-grade student in Santa Barbara, CA.