Happy Poetry Friday!
I have been consumed with the unchanging situation of the teens being held, and continuously brought to the Tornillo, TX detention camp, near El Paso. At last count there were 2400 teens between the age of 13 and 17 years that are being held there–some since June. They all came into the US on their own and anticipated being reunited with family already here. They are being kept, hidden away, in a tent city that’s surrounded by a barbed wire fence. They are dressed in a uniform, fed but allowed hardly any social interaction. I read this as a crime against children, against humanity–I wanted to do something.
A man named Joshua Rubin has temporarily left his job to hold vigil there outside the detention camp on behalf of these teens. He has a Facebook page that he’s set up with some images of the camp, a couple of things we can do, and lots more info. The Facebook page is Witness Tornillo.
bring hope and remembrance
to fill your heart.
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
I originally wrote a heart wrenching anaphora poem that I thought I would share–But when I found out that a group is going to be at the internment camp at Christmas, and they are looking to receive 2400 flowers to represent the 2400 teens that are interned at this camp– I decided to offer you this haiku instead and save my other poem for another platform. Making these flowers is a very small act but sometimes small actions plant seeds and multiply, I’m hoping this will blossom and happen. Perhaps some of the flowers will reach the hands and hearts of the teens inside. Here’s the direct link for Flowers for Children in Tornillo.
The Poetry Friday Roundup is being hosted this week by Carol at her blog Carol’s Corner, thanks for hosting Carol!