Patrick Widdess

Migrants

Bodies of 71 migrants found in an abandoned lorry in Austria – 27th August 2015

We have long lost count.
Even in this one lorry it is hard to put a number
on the mangled mass of bodies, nameless and barely clothed.
Their residue gushes out the door in a slurry of humanity.
One is a girl, not more than two.
Chances are she was one of the first to go
cradled in arms still strong enough to bear her
among relatives still alive to weep.
No gratitude for this small mercy.

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