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Rajuma

in Southeast Asia/World by

I think of all the ways
the world seems to end.

I think of the traumatized
girl in the news: sixteen

as the soldiers gunpoint
gathered the men & shot

her husband in the head
as she watched, clutching

her baby; then more than any
one could bear: the women

forced to the river; she fought
as they grabbed her (screaming)

son & threw him into a fire; she
didn’t smell him burn (thank god);

because she was taken away
& gang-raped to death; still

she woke; everyone she knew
was dead. What does it mean

to survive horror like that?
And how, now, does she live:

in a camp, a refugee, having
lost her country too…

Do we still call it living when
there’s nothing left to lose?

I think of all the ways
the world could end: threat of

nuclear war or the warming
sun exploding. I think of

this girl and a discarded
belief in heaven.

 


READ MORE

Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby in the Fire’ [New York Times]

Satellite Images Show More Than 200 Rohingya Villages Burned in Myanmar [New York Times]

U.N. Move Could Harm Talks With Bangladesh Over Return of Rohingya [Reuters]


Amy Shaw is a cardiology PA living and working in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She turned to poetry after the recent election to focus on the personal in what feels like a world coming apart at the seams.

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