Tag: Aleppo

Before & After – we thank God (poem: Can you imagine?)

I give thanks and praise that Omran is looking so healthy now (first picture), it was his picture (second picture) I saw last year when he was 5 years old with the news reports of his town (Aleppo, Syria) being bombed (his 10 year old brother died) that broke my heart and inspired the poem below entitled “Can You Imagine?” Please let us continue to pray that wars will cease and peace will reign … also pray for children caught up in either family or national turmoil due to no fault of their own! 😭😭😭
Can you imagine?

Life in a place of devastation,

bombs flying hither and tither.

Your emotions shattered to smithereens,

as the buildings and lives around

you and knocked down trees.
Can you imagine?

Whole families disappearing

’cause of bombing and the

hurling of grenades,

either by death or fleeing homes

in areas declared eery war zones.
Can you imagine?

Babes, new born and as young

as five covered in mud,

blood and the wrappings of death,

either for burial or to live as zombies,

along walking dead paths.
Can you imagine?

Adults wailing, children

screaming, dogs whimpering.

The earth shaking at the

weight of multitudes fleeing.

The sounds of glass shattering

and buildings exploding.

The sight of bodies assaulted

and raped lying lifeless on

concrete spattered streets.
Can you imagine?

The silence of a ghost town

that once was filled with

laughter ’cause of the circus clown,

and people striding at ease

along its well paved streets.

With children playing and

lovers strolling.
Can you imagine?
Some can only imagine,

what is another’s reality;

A reality of life torn to shreds

trampled underfoot and

devastated by war and threats.

I can only imagine.

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 24/08/2016

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Can You Imagine?

imageIntroduction: This poem I wrote this morning  (24/08/2016) was inspired by the sight of the 5 year old boy Omran covered in mud and blood seated in an ambulance after being rescued from a building that exploded due to an airstrike in war torn Aleppo, Syria.
I had seen the picture (see attached) before but on 22nd & 23rd August I watched the video and was overcome with grief & tears at the devastation of human lives due to war.

Can you imagine?
Life in a place of devastation,
bombs flying hither and tither.
Your emotions shattered to smithereens,
as the buildings and lives around
you and knocked down trees.

Can you imagine?
Whole families disappearing
’cause of bombing and the
hurling of grenades,
either by death or fleeing homes
in areas declared eery war zones.

Can you imagine?
Babes, new born and as young
as five covered in mud,
blood and the wrappings of death,
either for burial or to live as zombies,
along walking dead paths.

Can you imagine?
Adults wailing, children
screaming, dogs whimpering.
The earth shaking at the
weight of multitudes fleeing.
The sounds of glass shattering
and buildings exploding.
The sight of bodies assaulted and raped
lying lifeless on concrete spattered streets.

Can you imagine?
The silence of a ghost town
that once was filled with laughter
’cause of the circus clown,
and people striding at ease
along its well paved streets.
With children playing and
lovers strolling.

Can you imagine?
Some can only imagine,
what is another’s reality;
A reality of life torn to shreds
trampled underfoot and
devastated by war and threats.

I can only imagine.

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 24/08/2016