The Little Boy On Bodrum Beach Poem by Tan Pratonix

The Little Boy On Bodrum Beach

Rating: 4.8

(Lines written spontaneously after seeing the photo of the body of a little Syrian boy washed up on the beach of Bodrum, a Turkish resort town, as the family were trying to escape by boat to Greece. Tragedy of the 5 year old Syrian Civil War.3rd September 2015)

The little boy
(A Kurdish toddler
In red shirt and blue shorts)
Washed up on the beach
Of Bodrum, a Turkish resort,
Far away from home.
The sea weeps over his lifeless body,
Washing him with her foam.

He is wearing little shoes,
With velcro straps (one strap loose) :
He is lying there, face
Half-buried in the sand.
And the Aegean washes over his body
In gentle spills and surges,
Caressing with her profuse,
Grieving hand.

My eyes well up with tears;
The image hurts.
The tragedy of the Syrian war, between
Sunni Arabs, Shiites and repressed Kurds!
A quarter of a million dead,
Four millions fled;
Hideous devastation
Through an ancient nation.

The tide of refugees is swelling,
Its waves rushing in,
Tearing through Europe's coasts
And borders and fences.
(It's a Muslim invasion,
The Hungarians sense.)
Countries in panic shut their doors;
They cry out, 'We can take no more! '
…But Germany,
Embraces these poor, tormented souls.

O mothers of the world,
I mourn with you!
I weep for the tragic loss
Of this innocent victim of desperate straits.
My long-complacent, uncaring heart
Is torn apart.
My soul aches.

The little boy hides his face;
But will humanity hide its shame?
Callous nations close their eyes,
Wash their hands off,
Pass on the blame!
Oh, this is such a huge disgrace!
I see humanity condemned to the hilt.
The dead child points to collective guilt.

The Little Boy On Bodrum Beach
The Syrian Crisis
Kevin Scanlon 13 September 2015

Tan, this poem is beyond amazing! The most heart rendingly magnificent and poignant poem I have ever read on this site to date! Welcome back to Poemhunter! !

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Tan Pratonix 15 September 2015

Thank you, Kevin. I appreciate your remarks. This was written from the heart!

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Valsa George 15 September 2015

What heart wrenching sight and what a poignant write! All of us have been shocked to see that helpless victim washed ashore after the over crowded boat capsized! This refugee exodus and their suffering should shake the sleeping human conscience! Man should end his pugnacity and embrace his brother in love! Will such a time dawn in human history! Let children like Aylan live in safety and not be nipped by cruel fate before those buds bloom! Top marks!

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Tan Pratonix 15 September 2015

Thank you, Valsa. I believe a better world is around the corner. But the world will have to go through a terrible shaking because of its sins!

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Paul Amrod 13 September 2015

Hi Tan I pain as a Lebanese person for the brothers in Syria. The creation of the ISIS is perhaps the newset dimension of the Arabian Spring which never became a summer. The mismanagment and apathy is atrocious and no one is taking responsibity to begin a talk for a truce. All the brave northern boys are doing is pointing ´fingers and not beginning any solutions. This is just the inception of a catastrophe that will continue until a diplomat raises to the occasion and starts peace talks. God bless you for opening up the reality of the situation, Paul

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Tom Allport 27 October 2017

a very sad descriptive poem of the death of an innocent child and yes you are right humanity is to blame? ..............powerfully well written Tan

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Kumarmani Mahakul 01 December 2016

A heart wrenching sight has been depicted so nicely. I am really sad after reading this poem on unhumanity, the innocent boy was nipped at tender age. The last three lines reveal its picture.... Oh, this is such a huge disgrace! I see humanity condemned to the hilt. The dead child points to collective guilt. Fantastic... Thanks...10

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Rebecca Navarre 22 November 2016

Oh Dear God! ! ! ! ! ! Dear Lord! ! ! ! ! ! How Heart Breaking! ! ! ! ! How Powerfully Said And So Deeply Felt! ! ! ! ! Tears The Heart Apart! ! ! ! ! Thank You For So Powerfully Voicing This! ! ! ! ! (And) Sharing To This World! ! ! ! ! Tearfully! ! ! ! ! , Definite! ! ! ! ! 10S! ! ! ! !

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Matt Mooney 08 November 2016

I have been trying to come to terms in words with the Syrian tragedy for some time and you have penned it down for me and for everybody else. A great poem in every way in my humble opinion. Well done Pan.

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Seamus O Brian 05 October 2016

Powerful. Such photos and such writing compel us to re-frame simple data into a more human context. Whatever decisions lie ahead, we must never forget that there are actual human beings at the end of all our policies and procedures.

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