Who Will Stop The Onslaught?

A nine-year-old skips
along the centre line
of an abandoned street
imagination empowered
by sunshine blue skies

Till the low rumble
of aircraft startles her
and she runs for cover
praying to an absent God
to take her now, young
heart too bruised to carry on.

A fifteen-year-old huddles
in a dank underground corner
already violated by a war
she did not ask for,
shamed by her body’s betrayal
praying for a death more forgiving

A mother holds her baby close
tremors such an indelible part of life now
grasps for a God she once believed in
sees the vacancy in adolescent eyes
the joylessness of her weeping child
prays for a way out of this hell.


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

26 thoughts on “Who Will Stop The Onslaught?”

  1. How terrifying the world must be to these innocents. Your poem offers support and brings the child and mother element to this war thrust upon them. Thank you for reminding me that these families are living this pain.

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  2. This is a very powerful poem, VJ. The fact that no one or nothing has put a stop to this madman’s destruction of human lives is getting very hard to fathom. The belief instilled in me at a young age that Right Reason and Good Sense would prevail in the end turned out to be false.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this touching poem, VJ. An excellent portrayal of the ravages of war. Thanks also for the work you do with refugees. It would be difficult to be so close to that pain and to hear firsthand some of those stories. Take care. – Lori

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