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Are You Abdullah?

Are you the father?
The father who carefully escapes
overland the dread, the torment,
threats, fire and bombs of Syria,
then gathers up your family again
with small bags of clothes
and biscuits, climbs aboard
a rubber raft heading
to the island of Kos, bound
in an armor of hope?

When high waves topple
the boat and the captain deserts,
do you steer until impossible?
Are you the father who watches
your wife float away,
your little boys struggle
for air, then vanish?

Are you the father who cries
as he picks up one beautiful son
washed up on the beach,
who wonders where the world is
as the ocean swallows his nation?

Published on newversenews[dot]com, Sept. 4, 2015
Awarded First Prize by Illinois State Poetry Society, Oct. 2015


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Second Inauguration

Their coats vivid cerise and hyacinth
shown like flowers in the winter cold.
Second Inauguration Day. Two slender girls
with perfectly presidential parents.

I caught them on screen in early morning
entering the small yellow church, St. John’s,
the place to set the pace of blessing
for the gift of leading a unique nation
across the next four years,
writing history with every step.

Posted February 9, 2013 by perettipoems in POEMS & ART COPYRIGHTED, Poetry, Political