A living lore!

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 li​l’ 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. 

#AylanKurdi #SyrianRefugees #YemenChildren

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Featured Cover Image Credit: Aylan Kurdi’s Body by Freedom House (Flickr.com CC BY 2.0)


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