I wrote this poem after the death of a young boy named Aylan. A death that signified the need for the Syrian genocide to end; the need for these “immigrants” in Syria to be recognized for the refugees they really are.
A young boy on an overcrowded boat
Lost at sea, trying to find a place to call home.
Imagine the vessel starting to crack, capsizing slowly…
Imagine the dim, distant moonlight, the night sky, filled with fireflies, fading away;
The last moment of a three-year life…
A young boy washed up on the Turkish shore
His soft cheeks rubbing against the rough gravel
The boy’s father opening his mouth to find silence, unable to believe what he sees!
Imagine the boy’s mother and brother–resting, still, at the bottom of the seas.
Aylan was just one of many on that boat.
For all we know, there may be millions of children drowning right now!
We just saw what was veiled from us, and we started ranting and raving about it all!
Well, it’s been over a month now, and nobody remembers!
What will become of this world if we carry on like this?
Will these incidents even matter?
Because we say that we care, and we do, for a week…
But then this story gets buried under television, Youtube videos, books, and our Facebook newsfeed
And Aylan is forgotten; embedded in the subconscious depths of our distracted minds.
CHILDREN ARE DYING, CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE;
This is our society–our day, our night
Bloodshed everywhere, it’s a global trend!
Violence seems like a never-ending hell everywhere we go.
Don’t you ever feel like ending it?
Leaving this contaminated world?
Do you have any desire left, desire to live on this godforsaken planet?
Do you want to end this nightmare?
Or do you want to stop this madness,
Fix the world for generations to come?
We’re stronger than we think we are, at least as a whole!
We can change the world if we want,
We can move mountains!
We ARE the society!
We’re modern gods, you and I!
While erasing violence, we’re the eraser
While pulling the trigger to end inhumanity, we are the finger!
While rebuilding this society, we’re the mortar!
We’re the medicine for this world, not its virus!
We couldn’t save Aylan, but we can make sure there are no more like him…
Imagine a world with no boundaries, no disputes, no genocides, and NO MORE DEAD CHILDREN WASHED UP ON BEACHES!
Imran Batra is fourteen years old and studies in Class IX at Step by Step School, Noida.