How Do You Describe A Bird
- Michel Kilo: Syrian Children Born, Raised in Prison - YouTube
This footage was originally broadcast on November 5, 2012 by Dubai's Channel 10. It depicts an interview with veteran Syrian dissident Michel Kilo.
Syrian activist Michel Kilo once attempted to tell a story to a small boy he met while in prison. Common words had no meaning for the child because his entire young life had been spent captive. Kilo shared this experience with a human rights conference in Geneva and again in a moving interview with Dubai Media.
"How Do You Describe A Bird"
The following poem is inspired by Michel Kilo's story and is dedicated to the children of Syria. It was first published by Shout Out UK in 2014.
How do you describe a bird
to a child raised in captivity
How do you define the words
How do you tell him a story of things
outside the life of his cage
How dare you share a world of wings
Can you make him a promise to take him there
to a place that is wild and alive
Can you even begin to answer the where
Sing him a song, then, of home and nest
inside the womb of his room
Give him a reason for peace and rest