I have never seen a rainbow
nor have I ever smelled a rose.
My home was bombed so many times;
dust clouds my eyes and nose.
I have never held a puppy
nor have I ever played jump rope.
But I have dived for cover many times
and prayed and held onto hope.
I have hoped and prayed for peace
but war is all I’ve ever known.
I have cried so many times
since my father and mother are gone.
You, who are in the West!
Have you ever thought about me?
Do you know that I am human?
And that you made me a refugee?
When next you play with your children
and you bring them home a toy,
remember, I’ve never had a teddy bear
because I am not your little boy.
I know that these are only words
and that you can’t see my tears.
But I think that you should know
you’ve laid waste to my best years.
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland
Written for all the little children of Iraq who have had their lives torn asunder thanks in part to bombs and drones and CIA trained insurgents that I paid for through my tax dollars. These children have been turned into orphaned refugees with nowhere to turn and yet, we here in America are having no problem shopping for teddy bears and puppies and other toys for our children. We can look up at the sky after a good cleansing rain and see a rainbow, but is that what the orphaned children of Iraq see? Do they have puppies and teddy bears to play with? And now Obama has signed for more U.S. soldiers to head over to Iraq since, according to him, he has no idea what to do about the shit that America got started over in Iraq. But are those of us in America paying for our victim-filled crime? Only with our tax dollars and still off to the mall, we go! We’ve got some teddy bears to buy!