Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Two-Year-Old Among Them

In the pitch-black box
the air is dying
with each breath.

Who does she cling
to as the highway roars
outside the metal cage?

Is she screaming in the people-crammed
space, her small lungs sucking
in vain on the dwindling air?

Is she falling
asleep as quiet
thickens within the locked
poultry truck, fear
numbing her young limbs?

I want to know her
name; and the colour
of her shirt; and …


In the news, 27 August 2015: Austrian police confirms … abandoned

truck …71 refugees… likely suffocated