Smorgasbord – Posts from Your Archives – Should we not hang our heads and Weep by Carol Taylor

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This week Carol Taylor shares a post from September 2015. It is extraordinary to me that in two years very little has changed. Men, women and children are still dying as they try to leave war torn Syria and the backlash against immigrants has become a worldwide epidemic.

Should we not all hang our heads and weep? by Carol Taylor

I have read much over the last week or two about the problems in Syria and the refugees and I think by now that we all know there is a problem of catastrophic proportions. I have read of people warning that militants are infiltrating and mingling with the refugees hoping to get taken in and allowed to stay somewhere and that it is their way of getting a foothold in many countries and work their evil. That may be true.

I have heard tales of refugees smoking and on their mobiles …I think if I smoked maybe I too would be smoking and probably more.

My mobile is generally firmly attached to my ear most of the time …if that was me…would I leave my mobile my only way of communicating with friends and family…I think not….

If I had a child or children and we lived in a war zone and the danger to them was increasing every minute of every day would I not try to get them to safety?…I think I would…

If I had elderly parents or a sick friend would I take them with me? ….I think I would.

Would I hope that someone would help me?….I think I would.

Would I hope I would be welcomed and allowed to live in safety with my family? I think I would.

Would I if I could… help ?…I think I would…

Would you if you could help…help…..I hope so.

I would like to share with you a poem written by a dear friend Richard Theze. Richard was inspired to write this poem after reading an article in an Australian Newspaper.

The article was about the tragic, untimely death of a small boy called ” Aylan Kurdi ” who died along with his other sibling and his mother….who was doing what most mothers would do…trying to take her children to a place of safety…….she died trying to do that…….

I for one am ashamed…ashamed that I belong to a human race that at times seems devoid of all humanity.

Thank you Richard for allowing me to share your words a little tribute to a tiny boy called Aylan.

Little Boy Drowned
A Response to the Death of Aylan Kurdi
(by Richard Thézé)

You did not deserve to die in the coldness of water,
To drown in the distant, dispassionate depths of human indifference.
No migrant, you, nor refugee, but a little boy – just three,
Washed, bare legs, small shoes, face down
Upon unfamiliar shore.

Your race, no matter now, nor ever should, you belonged to us,
Yet, backs turned, we overlooked your need to play
Safe away from the threat of violence and war,
Failed too, to notice those who risked all to give you a better life,
Their hope, your end, such a bitter irony.

Others, too, have died, many, cast adrift upon callous seas,
A million deaths, perhaps, statistics all,
But yours: the single death of a little boy drowned – a tragedy,
Internationally, now, the bellowed demands echo
That something be done.

Inspired by a tribute in The Sydney Morning Herald in September 2015.

©Carol Taylor 2015

My thanks to Carol for sharing this post that shows how little has been done to end the plight of those in peril on land and when they take to the sea.

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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25 thoughts on “Smorgasbord – Posts from Your Archives – Should we not hang our heads and Weep by Carol Taylor

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  2. Carol, I share your shame and own my share. I cannot bear the children, innocent of all, being brutalized, killed, starved, trained to become killers. I feel so helpless against a rising tide of ongoing death of our most precious assets—children of the world.

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    • Thank you, Micki I am shedding a tear as I re-read what I wrote some 2 years ago … shedding a tear because for all the publicity and bleating of politicians and world leaders..little children are still dying and nothing has changed…

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  3. My words and feelings echo yours, Carol. My heart breaks for those who suffer, but most especially for the children. I take hope in the thought that humanity has reached its nadir in compassion, for the only way to go from here is up. Our eyes are opening to the tragedies perpetrated by those in power, and our hearts are becoming more tolerant of diversity. We are on the brink of massive change for the better. Only now could a Black man publicly hug a neo-Nazi, without fear or opposition, and feel that significant change had occurred for the better. Your poem is empowering in its call for action; and so well-written. Thank you for sharing it with us today ♥

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  4. Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:
    I had forgotten I wrote this post and as I re-read it I still wept..shed a very little has changed and yes there are signs of hope but how many more children will suffer and die before hope blossoms for them????? Thank you very much, Sally, for featuring this post in your new Archive posts it is very much appreciated you are a star xxx

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  5. God has given every single person in the world one thing in common, free will. Unfortunately some instead of using it to love and help each other we see “Mans inhumanity to man”. The good Lord weeps with the rest of us over this. When? I keep asking, when will everyone realize that love is the answer.

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  7. Beautiful and sad Carol. Sadly, not much has changed with that situation since 2015. The poem speaks truth with one voice for what so many of us feel in our hearts. May good things come to all in the coming new year. ❤ xoxo

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  8. Sad…I was scrolling your blogs looking for something that will catch my eyes and I clicked this one. As I read along, I was thinking: “Heck, I picked the wrong one.” Lol! You wrote it beautifully that it wound my heart to go through it. And I will be sleeping in few hours hahaha. Sad, yeah, that we even have a nerve to call ourselves humans. Tweeted.

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