BOUQUET of BARBED WIRE
Is this how we respond to those fleeing violence and war
Those whose families are torn apart, shot or drowned
Does our European Compassion show in razor wire
Are we now fenced in even from our neighbours
What happened to the European Union?
Where would you stand with thousands at your gate
Exhausted, hungry, cold and lost not knowing where they are.
How would you like to stand where they are standing now
Would you be prepared to take their unbelievable risks
Crossing the sea, walking for miles only to meet a fence?
There are those from many countries in distress
Not even speaking the same language, not understanding
But they are in this unspeakable trauma together
They have to help each other as best they can
Sharing what they can find to eat and to drink
Living without dignity on the handouts of charity.
When those in the palaces of power cannot even agree
How to cope with so many who are forced to flee
They don’t want bouquets of any kind least of all, NO!
I say again where is our empathy, but for the sake of …
There go the rest of us and how would we cope
In their situation, we would probably not survive.
Put yourself in their place, put yourself in their mind
Put yourself in not being able to wash yourself
Put yourself in not being able to change your clothes
Put yourself in not getting the medication you need
Put yourself in the corridors of power.
Now what is your answer?
© David Tenneson 2015.