Shiva the refugee
It’s all in the past now,
But little vestiges remain,
Hinting at the pain inflicted on this gentle girl in a country far away.
Shiva cowers when she sees a statue.
Shiva shivers when someone walks with a cane.
Shiva backs away from strangers.
Her rescuers doubted she could ever trust again.
No creature should lead such a life,
No husband should ever leave behind
His child and wife to cross the drowning seas
Clinging to brother refugees,
Dreaming of a safer life.