Shiva the refugee

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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.

 

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