Would You have saved me? A poem In memory of Aylan Kurdi and family by Karrieanne McCafferty
In memory of Aylan and family by Karrieanne McCafferty
Karrieanne McCafferty was inspired to write this poem after seeing the horrific images of Aylan, the little boy, whose body was carried from the beach when his family was attempting to flee war torn Syria.
‘It struck me that it took such tragic images, highlighting the plight of refugees, for people to be spurned into action all over the world. Yet this did not only happen to little Aylan and his brother and mother but to many before him – the power of pictures and media can never be underestimated yet I wonder why only now did they decide to show such a horrific image and not long before?’
‘It is a poem that in itself is quite near the bone and straight to the point, my hope being it will stay in people’s minds long after they read it and they too will be urged to do something to help these people. I am horrified at some of the responses to our fellow human beings fleeing from Syria that I have seen on social media sites but I am also hopeful that more and more people are trying to help; they are collecting much needed clothing etc and, for example, taking them to France.’
‘I have started to collect clothing and toiletries and will be dropping them off at Erskine Parish Church Rashielee Ave, Erskine, Renfrewshire PA8 6HS (Erskine Parish Church – Facebook) for delivery to the Refugee Camp in Calais by CalAid – one of the orgainisations who are collecting and delivering much needed goods.’
Would You have saved me?
Didn’t you know our plight
Long before the ocean’s tears
Tore me from loving arms
Didn’t you hear our cries
Before we set sail
Didn’t you see our struggle
Watch the news/media glare
Stricken parents children’s screams
Eyes pleading police beating
The innocent victims of war
Would You have saved me?
Have I died in vain?
My sodding body drips into
Your mind as you tuck your child
Up at night
But would you have saved me?
‘Suffer little children…’
Now is Your chance.
Karrieanne McCafferty, September, 2015
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