Lampedusa, October 2013

Poem by Barbara Davey

Photo by Ibrahim Mohamed on Unsplash

This poem is based on words spoken by divers from the
Italian military and emergency services


the image I cannot shake from my mind
is of those bodies packed in the wreck

their eyes, and their arms held high
as if calling, calling for my help

we could not have gone back up
without trying to do something for them

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