Introduction: This poem I wrote this morning was inspired by the sight of the 5 year old boy Omran dazed and 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 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 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 upon
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
Title: Boy in the ambulance: shocking image emerges of Syrian child pulled from Aleppo rubble
"A photograph of a boy sitting dazed and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after surviving a regime airstrike in Aleppo has highlighted the desperation of the Syrian civil war and the struggle for control of the city.

The child has been identified as five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who was injured late on Wednesday in a military strike on the rebel-held Qaterji neighbourhood...." Elle Hunt 18th August 2016

Read the full story on the Guardian online (Middle East/Syria) 


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