Those swallowed by the waters

This poem is a tribute to the thousands who have lost their lives while boarding boats often from Africa headed to European countries. As one reporter said, these people are not adventure seekers but rather desperate individuals seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones. This poem takes a snap shot at the reality of what it means to be an immigrant in the 21st century.

There are the desperate many,

who have chosen to flee the familiar

Only to be swallowed by the hungry ocean waters.

They belong nowhere-

and own passports destined for heaven.

They hang in limbo.

Unable to return to a life they once knew

while blinded by the life they will be denied.

If you are silent,

you will hear their wails.

As they sink into the murky place

between their hopes

and the pain

of their realities.