Poetry 2018Longlist, Javeria Kausar

(A Villanelle – 19 lines)    

ONE DINGY BOAT

One dingy boat sailed upon the rough sea

Though old and rickety and almost falling apart,

It was laden with hopes and dreams many.

 

There were people, old and young, trying to flee

From senseless inhumanity; for a fresh start

One dingy boat sailed upon the rough sea.

 

The pain of leaving their home was grisly;

Each got on-board with a very heavy heart-

It was laden with hopes and dreams many.

 

Their sunken eyes had a fading plea for mercy

From reality they seemed to start to depart:

One dingy boat sailed upon the rough sea.

 

This vessel stayed afloat for a future carefree

It tried to stay afloat and tried to play its part;

It was laden with hopes and dreams many.

 

Alas! All that’s left now is unrecognizable debris

Owing to humanity who played NO part

One dingy boat sailed upon the rough sea

It was laden with hopes and dreams many…

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