A Poem for the Innocent Victims of War

Boy in house destroyed by rocket
Boy in house destroyed by rocket | Source

Stand in my shoes,

Just for one moment,

Just for one day.

Stand in my shoes,

Feel my heart beat,

Hear what I say.

Can you breathe the same air

Through the thick, acrid smoke,

Run through the street

As the noise chokes your hope,

Count every moment -

It's all that you dare

When those you hold dear

May no longer be there,

And it makes not a difference

Just how much you care?



Iraq
Iraq | Source

Stand in my shoes,

Just for one moment,

Just for one day.

Stand in my shoes,

Feel my heart beat,

Hear what I say.

Do you think I'm not real,

Just a figure on-screen,

That my dreams,

They don't matter,

That my heart cannot scream,

That you turn off the button

And then I'll be gone,

As you finish your coffee

You haven't got long

To dash to your job

And get on with your life

While I'm still stuck here

In the midst of this strife?


Syria, 2012
Syria, 2012 | Source
Children, including girls, queuing for school in Kabul - the school was nearly destroyed in war
Children, including girls, queuing for school in Kabul - the school was nearly destroyed in war | Source
Children in Shifa Hospital, Gaza, following strikes
Children in Shifa Hospital, Gaza, following strikes | Source

Stand in my shoes,

Just for one moment,

Just for one day.

Stand in my shoes,

Feel my heart beat,

Hear what I say.

Do you know what it's like

To not feel free,

To have your whole future

In doubt, just like me?

Your goal, just for now,

Is staying alive,

Your prayer in the evening,

To simply survive

The night, that begins

With the deafening dark,

Then in comes the terror,

It flashes and sparks

And lights up the sky

Like the end of the world,

A nightmare unleashes,

The fire unfurls,

Your horizon is lost

In a cloak of despair

And you cling to your loved ones

And hope you'll be spared.


Bombed house, Syria
Bombed house, Syria | Source

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

A masterly piece Polly C, the form, the short and repeating lines, the point of view, create a powerful message that speaks to the heart. War is hell. Innocent victims suffer. And people become inured to the suffering, so well hidden from view. A 60 second spot on the news is forgotten, we get on with our lives. Thank you for giving these children a voice. Regards, snakeslane


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Thank you for reminding us at this Christmas season, that all is not right in our world, and that we each need to say a prayer for our sinful acts and shortcomings around this world. Forgiveness, only our God can declare. Thanks for sharing this poignant and emotional piece, and God Bless. whonu


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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

hats off to you Polly C for reminding the world that...'war can never be the solution for Peace' ! ...... thankyou dear!!


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Polly C 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you snakeslane, for reading this poem. War is indeed hell, and the worst part of it is always the civillians who are injured or killed, who didn't ask to be part of it in the first place. Many thanks for your comments, much appreciated :)


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Polly C 4 years ago from UK Author

whounuwho - Of course, we should all take a moment to think of those around our globe for whom daily life is much harder than our own. Many thanks for reading :)


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Polly C 4 years ago from UK Author

shara63 - you have summed it up perfectly - war is not the solution for peace. And as it says in the song, 'an eye for an eye will make us all blind'. Many thanks for stopping by :)


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arijitm2000 2 years ago from Mid-west, Texas, Jersey, Florida, Mumbai, & Hyderabad (India)

Thought-provoking, touching & inspiring..& of course very well versed...


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Polly C 2 years ago from UK Author

@arijitm2000 - Many thanks for reading, and for your beautiful comments :)

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