Sunday, 15 October 2017

Call me!



Where are you today? I keep trying your phone
there’s the same message playing, it doesn't change -
hope you're not at a concert? within range?
Are you with friends? Are you, by chance, alone?


Are you at this moment by a riverside?
and suddenly a hired van swerves too close,
scatters the commuters - hope you're among those
who see it coming and quickly jump aside.


Are you in a park? or college campus?
where a ruthless finger plays with a trigger.
Are you trapped where no-one can quite figure
if we’re firing guns, or the gun’s shooting us?


Call me dear one, call me back, I can’t bear
this silence, my world’s broken everywhere.






For those who've lost family or friends to senseless violence across the world. 

















16 comments:

  1. Thank you.
    Where are we going? When will it end...?

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    1. Wish it would end already, but realistically can't see it happening...

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  2. This poem made my innards clench. You captured the helplessness
    Wow and whoa

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    1. In a just world, no-one should be able to relate to it. Thank you.

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  3. I can relate to this poem, awful awaiting the phone to ring....and it dosen't.

    Yvonne.

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  4. Hi Nila - worry for loved ones in challenging places is so stressful ... so many horrors we dodge now ... we are lucky, some not so - desperation for news is everywhere - that not knowing ... so so draining. Well drafted up for us to recognise our lives at times ... keep in touch by calling loved ones - essential ... so sad for those who do wait - cheers Hilary

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    1. Waiting is indeed very hard work! Especially for those people with loved ones in cities/places at the centre of some or other random violence...life is uncertain and unnecessarily complicated for them.

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  5. The world is no more safe. There are lots of risks in all domains
    Very well depicted Nila.



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    1. Absolutely. Suspicion and security apparatus taint every public event/space now.

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  6. In the old days, if a person was accessible by telephone, we knew automatically where they were. Home, at work, etc. Nowadays, with almost everyone owning a cell phone, they could be anywhere!

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    1. Sometimes I think those days of firmly tethered phones were less panic inducing than the always accessible times we are in now.

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  7. Phones, so nerve racking - life saving - stress inducing! Not one of my favorite things - except in an emergency, then priceless. But waiting for word - horrendous!

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    1. Can't do without them! But...can't stand the associated stress either :)
      Waiting for word is totally nerve wracking, especially in a crisis.

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