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Never Reached Home

They are walking! Walking, walking, walking!  Long stretches of walk - hundreds of miles of impossible uncertainty, in blazing sun, in sweltering, muggy, heat - running away from the Inferno.  Home, sweet home! Villages with shady trees!  Destination!  Thirst, hunger, bleeding.  They trudge, fatigued babies hanging on their shoulders like sandbags,  starving infants clutching hands, tears dry on their cheeks. Men and women - walk, walk, walk! Leave cities where cruelty is the only language, Villages with shady trees - Home, sweet home, far away.  Burning sun, sweating bodies, dry throat, growling tummies.  Slog beside railroads - follow tracks, no trains, no buses, no trucks, no vehicles, only two weary feet to carry them to their destination, plodding with all their might until the body can not move one more step. Lie on the tracks - it’s hard, it’s cold, it’s comforting!  Come rest, come sleep, come death -  Blood-stained tracks-  Destination never came. Featured Poem: May 17, 2020

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Date: 5/16/2020 5:09:00 PM
This is a masterpiece! While reading I could see vividly and feel deeply the plight of such people...so heart-piercing! I salute this poet for such a poem full of HEART! To my faves...
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 5/16/2020 7:10:00 PM
Thank you, Dear Poet, for such a thoughtful comment. Only poets with compassionate, sensitive hearts are able to feel the extent of a trauma like this! Thanks again for including in your favourite list. Best wishes, always!
Date: 5/15/2020 9:39:00 PM
OMG, this is so heart-wrenching. They actually all lay down on the tracks and died? It makes me feel so small when I think how I complain about things SO insignificant compared to this kind of tragic life. FAVE for me.
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 5/16/2020 7:00:00 AM
Thanks, Andrea, for reading my poem, and leaving such a thoughtful and compassionate comment. Yes, it is a true, recent, tragic, heart-breaking incident - hard for us even to imagine this life! I couldn't rest after I came to know from far, and until I wrote this poem. Best wishes.