When the walls of my life caved in

(Poem imagining a Syrian refugee affected by the earthquake Feb 2023)

I had mistakenly thought a piece of earth was mine

I had deluded myself in thinking life was fine

As a refugee displaced by war, I had finally found

A roof over my head, a place safe and sound

That could house my family, my dreams and me

To some extent quench my cravings for normalcy…

I thought I could put down roots there at last

Belong to a community, belie my nomadic past


The ground below me shook that day

Any semblance of stability was swept away

By the horrendous earthquake that shook

The walls of my house, my life, it took

My loved ones permanently away from me

Left me alive, unmoored, this catastrophe..


Benumbed, the threads I try to pick up again

To rebuild my life from scratch, but in vain

Seem my efforts to claim a piece of land for me

I have reconciled with being a nomad in perpetuity

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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