What I saw today I will always see on the back of my eyelids,
What I saw today was the twisting of the car.
What I smelt today will haunt me every time I breathe,
What I smelt today was the intensity of the gasoline.
What I felt today I will always feel,
What I felt today was the hammering chimes of their hearts.
What I heard today still shakes my ears,
What I heard today was gut-wrenching silence of helplessness
What I tasted today lingers on my tongue,
What I taste today is the innocence of the child’s blood.
But do not dwell.
I was in Madagascar recently and unfortunately 2 days into my trip I was in an AWFUL car/bus accident. I had a panic attack soon after and wrote this (more or less) while having it. I have dedicated this to the child and mother who remarkably escaped with (physically) just a couple of scratches. The courage that the mother showed was humanity at its best.