The Storm

by SHIRLEY MAYA TAN

The seas rise in rage

Separating the living and the dead

Dreams are shredded

Hopes have been shattered

It’s hard to disengage

The tides rise and fall

As darkness veils and lies

Fury swallow whole

Humanity’s battered soul

Still, the ocean denies

Tears churn into waves

But nothing washes ashore

Only the wreckage 

Of hearts and minds

Fill the debris at sea

The storm breaks

Inside and outside

The storm divides

Grief and Hope

There will be no peace

For a long while

Please return the travellers

May they come home

May we bury the dead

And our painful loss

Only then can we mourn.

~ smt

 

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