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A Poem for the Innocent Victims of War

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Boy in house destroyed by rocket

Boy in house destroyed by rocket

Stand in my shoes,

Just for one moment,

Just for one day.

Stand in my shoes,

Feel my heart beat,

Hear what I say.

Can you breathe the same air

Through the thick, acrid smoke,

Run through the street

As the noise chokes your hope,

Count every moment -

It's all that you dare

When those you hold dear

May no longer be there,

And it makes not a difference

Just how much you care?



Stand in my shoes,

Just for one moment,

Just for one day.

Stand in my shoes,

Feel my heart beat,

Hear what I say.

Do you think I'm not real,

Just a figure on-screen,

That my dreams,

They don't matter,

That my heart cannot scream,

That you turn off the button

And then I'll be gone,

As you finish your coffee

You haven't got long

To dash to your job

And get on with your life

While I'm still stuck here

In the midst of this strife?


Stand in my shoes,

Just for one moment,

Just for one day.

Stand in my shoes,

Feel my heart beat,

Hear what I say.

Do you know what it's like

To not feel free,

To have your whole future

In doubt, just like me?

Your goal, just for now,

Is staying alive,

Your prayer in the evening,

To simply survive

The night, that begins

With the deafening dark,

Then in comes the terror,

It flashes and sparks

And lights up the sky

Like the end of the world,

A nightmare unleashes,

The fire unfurls,

Your horizon is lost

In a cloak of despair

And you cling to your loved ones

And hope you'll be spared.


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