~ The Other Refugees ~
He huddled under the wreckage and rubble,
That used to be his home.
His people had fled.
Still others, were dead.
So he waited, shaking, alone.
She searched the dust-filled, ruined lots,
For food for her newborn young.
They needed to eat.
So she scoured every street.
But of sustenance, there was none.
Both were pitiful victims of war,
Forgotten, while the dropped bombs fell.
Their families were gone.
Yet, they still struggled on.
In the burning, abandoned hell.
It wasn’t their fault they had nowhere to go.
They’d been born with fur, not skin.
No more soft voices, or gentle pats,
If they’d ever be happy again.
Then came the strangers with kind, loving care.
They brought food and they sheltered lost pets.
They didn’t have much,
But they shared what they had,
While the rest of society forgets…
There are more than people who suffer in war.
Animals can be refugees, too.
Let us stop and remember
Each four-legged family member.
There’s still plenty of helping to do.
~ C.L.R. ~ © 2014
I came across this article the other day, as I was trying to decide what my offering would be for The Bardo 100,000 Poets For Change topic “Peace and Justice”. It struck me that there are so many animals who get forgotten in the chaos of war, and I knew that I had found my subject.
Of course it’s the people who get the attention and aid when they escape war-zones, and it’s important that we continue to help those human victims who need it. But. But there is a large segment of the population of refugees who get forgotten in the shuffle. In our haste to help the humans, the poor animals who are hurt or left behind are often overlooked. It’s sad, as is most everything about war, but it is an unfortunate truth.
The good news is that there ARE organizations who focus on helping displaced and injured animals affected by the ravages of war. The selfless people who run many of these shelters risk their own lives to help the animals left behind. If you are so inclined, the next time that you think about donating time or money to the victims of war, please consider one of these efforts. The cause is noble and just as worthy, and you will be helping someone who needs you, maybe more than you can imagine.