Refugee – A Quadrille

Refugee

Salty tears fill vacant eyes
that have seen too many
atrocities that no child
should ever witness
Crying, following
grown ups wherever they go
Sobbing in time with
their shuffling feet
Weighed down
by their winter clothes
and bundled belongings
Going anywhere but here


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Bjorn is hosting Monday Quadrille at D’Verse Poets.
Tonight he has prompted us with the word “Eyes”
I saw a heartbreaking segment in the news last night and it featured a little Ukrainian boy who couldn’t have been more than 3 or 4, sobbing his eyes out as he wandered along with the refugees. It touched me deeply.

  40 comments for “Refugee – A Quadrille

  1. March 11, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    True. After all, the media is aimed of getting the audience and producing valuable stories

    • Christine Bolton
      March 11, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      Yes sometimes other champions are needed to take up the fight.

  2. March 11, 2022 at 3:07 am

    So sad, however no only in Ukrainian that we should get more concern and leave other part of the world i mean in Africa particularly in DRCONGO where this problem have been in existance 26 years down the road.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 11, 2022 at 8:38 am

      Yes you are so right. It seems the media will only keep these stories of horror on the front page while it impacts our countries, especially when there is a threat of a nuclear war.

  3. March 9, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    This is devastating – the reality and the poem both.

    -David

    • Christine Bolton
      March 10, 2022 at 9:55 am

      The whole thing is so sad David. So unnecessary. I’m saddened beyond belief. 😢

  4. March 8, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    How terribly sad and touching.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 9, 2022 at 9:34 am

      Yes indeed. Thanks Grace

  5. March 8, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    I fear that we have only seen the beginning of this.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 9, 2022 at 9:34 am

      I am sure you are right 😢

  6. March 8, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    I knew the second I saw the image you shared I would cry, and I did. Yours is an exquisitely composed Quadrille.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 9, 2022 at 9:30 am

      Helen, thank you so much. I was trying to find the little boy who I had seen in a news broadcast b ut couldn’t find his image online. That was heartbreaking 😢 The one I used was still a Ukrainian refugee picture from last week. It is so sad to see children in so much pain.

  7. March 8, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Yes the horrible result of conflict and privileging war over people, you capture for me the powerlessness of it all.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks Paul. I just can’t imagine being a young child and having to experience that kind of trauma. Breaks my heart seeing a child cry.

      • March 9, 2022 at 9:27 am

        yes, double powerlessness

  8. Ain
    March 8, 2022 at 5:15 am

    Just tragic, yes….

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 8:29 am

      Yes indeed. Thank you for stopping by Ain.

  9. March 8, 2022 at 4:48 am

    so heartbreaking. how many more eyes…

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 8:28 am

      Yes, and how many more wars. This one, like the others, is senseless. Poor people 😢

  10. March 7, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    A heartbreaking poem Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Sadje 😢

      • March 8, 2022 at 9:15 am

        You’re welcome

  11. March 7, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    So heartbreaking.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 8:27 am

      It certainly is 😥

  12. March 7, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    It is so very sad what is going on in the world. Your poem captures it well!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 8:27 am

      Thanks Dwight. Yes it is very sad. Heartbreaking

      • March 8, 2022 at 9:19 am

        You are welcome!

  13. March 7, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    The truth of this weighs heavy on my heart.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 8:25 am

      Yes, so true Ali. It stayed with me and can’t get it out of my head

      • Christine Bolton
        March 8, 2022 at 8:26 am

        Thanks Dwight. Yes it is very sad. Heartbreaking.

  14. Truedessa
    March 7, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    This made me cry , the image is raw.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 12:28 am

      Thanks Trudessa. It is always sad to see children in such pain. They are so scared. 😢

  15. March 7, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    It is so depictive of what is going on right now!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks Christine. ☺️💕

  16. March 7, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Christine, your poem is so poignant. The innocents always suffer and so many times they have no understanding why. “There but for the grace of God go I.”

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 12:29 am

      Yes Lisa, I find it all so upsetting. I cannot bear to see children hurt this way 😢

  17. Arcadia M
    March 7, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Yes. Such a sad thing we are witnessing that seems to keep happening repeatedly.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 12:30 am

      Yes Marie. What is going on it’s shameful. It’s heartbreaking to see children like this.

  18. March 7, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Oh, so sad.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 8, 2022 at 12:30 am

      Yes Bridget. Indeed it is

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