To Risk the Sea by Gabby Gilliam

In wake of tempests out upon the sea

We woke to face a tragic brutal truth.

The coast was littered with human debris

That ranged from elderly to infant youth.

Their boats no match against the torrid waves

Each vessel sank beneath them in the night.

In lieu of being lost to sodden grave

In bobbing surf is where they end their plight.

Refugees from a country torn by war

They had no choice. They had to take the risk.

The sanctuary they were fleeing for

Now finds itself a hemorrhagic cyst.

We bleed for them, the wretched tempest-tossed.

We grieve for those lost in this holocaust.