In Julius Caesar, Act 4, Scene 3 (218-224), William Shakespeare wrote:
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
On such a tide, on September 2, 2015, 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s little body washed up on the shores of the Greek island of Kos.
In the following lines, I ask, “Will Aylan Kurdi prove to be the tide in the affairs of men?”
A lil’ body washed up on shore,
And woke the world to a living lore;
Of children set asunder,
Amidst monumental adult blunder.
They storm, they rage,
They look away from their sage;
Their minds, they are crazed,
Leaving God’s children bewildered and dazed.
Oh, Aylan, with the untimely end to your life,
You paid a heavy price;
Still, take heart lil’ one,
There is a light you have shone.
That the arms children seek,
Are not the ones that selfish bullets speak;
Your demise will not go in vain,
It took your death to reveal a world in pain.
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Featured Cover Image Credit: Aylan Kurdi’s Body by Freedom House (Flickr.com CC BY 2.0)