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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Africa's Sahel

A boy stands alone,
under the stinging heat,
hungry and thirsty.
he sees animals
lying over each other,
teary eyes, stunned
by the scale of death
laid out before him.
Even the sky
seems to look on
with disbelief.
Countless flies
move over the carcasses,
raising great grey clouds
before settling again.
Visions of his mother
He is nearly certain
she isn’t dead,
wished he didn’t have
to witness

With only his mother
for company,
he waits.

© Amy Barry

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Amy Barry writes poems and short stories. She has worked in the media industry as a Public Relations officer. Her poems have been published in anthologies, journals, and e-zines, in Ireland and abroad. Trips to India, Nepal, China, Bali, Paris, Berlin, have all inspired her work. She lives in Athlone, Ireland.


Anoj Sagar said...

for a country where famine is one among the seasons...
would love to read wot you wrote about India..

Mari said...

Heart wrenching Amy but well, well done!!!

Eamon O C said...

A strong write, Amy. No surprise.

amy barry said...

Hi Anoj, thank you for the read/comments. ive written one on Gorakpur...a night in alone in the small hostel...

Will have more on the way!



amy barry said...

Mari & Eamon,

Thanks you very much for dropping by!

Cheers Guys, my Splinters Gang!



Carolyn Cornthwaite said...

A very moving poem Amy, you use words so well to paint a gripping and detailed picture. The boy's fervent hope that his mother may not be dead pitted against his clear understanding of the whole of death laid out before him is both strong writing and tragic.

amy barry said...

Hi Carolyn,

Appreciate the lovely comments. Thank you!



BARBARA said...

Finally got to see this, Amy, and it is deeply moving....very visual and the plight of the child feels so real, so devastating...that scale of tragedy...shocking! Hope dying in the landscape of death...
Love these lines,
'Even the sky
Seems to look on
With disbelief..'

Well done, Amy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara!

Many thanks for this lovely comments...very sad indeed life in Sahel.