The Boy on the Beach
He lies like a beached seal, washed up like human driftwood on the unforgiving sand.
He came from a war; fleeing towards peace, chasing freedom, safety and security.
His parents wanted all the things we have
Like a decent education for the children and a job that pays more than a pittance.
But most of all they wanted their children to be safe.
The boy thought he was going to a better place.
How right he was.
What has turned the Mediterranean into a graveyard?
A place where the unwanted die as the uncaring look on.
Right wingers beat the nationalist drum and raise panic in their wake.
The threatened become the threat as they mill around trying to reach safety.
When did fleeing persecution become a crime?
A policeman carries the boy’s body away
To a peace that he never knew in life.