Shawn L. Bird

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poem- refuge September 5, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:43 pm
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The sea

rocks tiny feet,

caresses small hands,

steals breath and rests

tiny bodies on the shore

where they’re at peace,

but out of reach

of their father’s desperate grasp.

The sea

rocks small boats,

of dubious sanctuary

and with each wave it tosses on the beach,

points foaming fingers at those

who turn faces from the tragedy.



I decided not to attach the iconic photo of Alan Kurdi to this poem out of respect.  Instead, here is an interview with his father describing the tragedy.


13 Responses to “poem- refuge”

  1. Melody J Haislip Says:


  2. Lorien Says:

    My heart is breaking. I can tell yours is too. How can we help? What can we do? I’ve been meditating, doing tonglen for them, breathing their suffering into my heart (which expands to receive it, as vast as the clear blue sky) and breathing out food, shelter, safety, strength, courage, peace, rest. I want to believe that this will help in some way.

  3. sabinafelice Says:

    Beautiful and heart-wrenching. Those poor Syrian kids 😦 we can only pray for them and for the world they never got to experience.

  4. Lenny Says:

    Reblogged this on Lenny's Blog and commented:
    How did we get here?

  5. The little martyr- what an indelible symbol of all that has gone wrong, in so many hearts!

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