Drowning


MUGLA, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 4: Flowers are seen in the sea as people commemorate Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy dressed in shorts and a red T-shirt, and 12 Syrians who drowned in the Aegean Sea after two boats filled with refugees en route to Greece sank, at the beach where they washed ashore in Mugla, Turkey on September 4, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MUGLA, TURKEY – SEPTEMBER 4: Flowers are seen in the sea as people commemorate Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy dressed in shorts and a red T-shirt, and 12 Syrians who drowned in the Aegean Sea after two boats filled with refugees en route to Greece sank, at the beach where they washed ashore in Mugla, Turkey on September 4, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Late into the night
I pull up a chair and rest my tired feet
When the moon descends
I want to stretch in its pale glow
and let go of the cares of the day
and write mellow poems
but not today
when every image is a red and blue blur
superimposed upon poetry
We sacrificed a trusting baby
on the altar of futile adamancy
his innocence abandoned on a beach
along with his hapless little form
those tiny knees
digging into the world’s grainy apathy
only when lifeless
It is a failed promise that lies face down
The sea has fished out our treachery
and thrown it on the shore
A pink onion
caught in cruel fishing nets
Nothing can bring back a smile to the tender lips
nor a tear ever to those closed eyes
not even a whimper to his mother
will emanate from that silent mouth
Look how powerful we are
how superior, how brilliant our thinking
We kill babies because they sing a different song
and embrace and hug enemies in a tie and suit
because that is protocol
what is forever drowned is hope
a vain hope of beasts becoming human
©Reena Prasad

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