A Child Was Washed Ashore Dead

Have you seen the photo of a child washed ashore?

He is dead yet looks so peaceful

For he does not yet know anger or hatred

Or does he know who’s to blame

Then isn’t there truly any one to blame?

Words came up on their own

I had to jot them down:

“For God so loved the world, that

“He gave his only begotten Son…”

But we killed the Son

Killed him in the most cruel way

Cursed have we been eversince


Holding false witness against neighbor

Coveting things others have…

Then isn’t there truly any way out?

There must be a way out

Don’t say believe but believe

Don’t say love but love

By true faith

There must be a way out


15 Responses to A Child Was Washed Ashore Dead

  1. Heartafire says:

    Yes, Ashi, don’t say love, love! There must be a way but where? My heart broke at the sight of the little boy, lifeless on the shore, the father, holding his son. I wonder sometimes what will become of this world we inhabit.

    • AshiAkira says:

      A single dictator can cause such horrendous problems to the world. There are dictatorial moves everywhere in the world, including our country. We have to keep on writing – without fear.

  2. vasilegogea says:

    Camus: “Je me revolte, donc nous sommes.” “I rebel, therefore we are”.

  3. RoSy says:

    So very sad. There really are no words for such a loss. :/

  4. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. Samiksha says:

    There must be way out, but when half of us are drowned in our sorrows and other half are drowned in wars, who is to find the way?
    I did not feel anger or sorrow when I saw the photograph. I felt dread like never before. None of us really can hope to be spared, irrespective of who we are.
    But if we must live, I agree that faith is all that can keep us going. Sadly, the victims of war are loosing out on that too!

  6. Pablo Cuzco says:

    I read this earlier. I didn’t get the depth of your plea. As we grow older we recognize that life must have an answer—there must be a way out.

  7. Lucia says:

    Truly heartbreaking.

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