A long journey home

Little feet patter down the line
Big conductor man yells
“One at a time”
People push to get on board
Lives at stake in times of war
Bags and possessions left strewn all over
What do they matter in times of darkness?
Look after yourself thats all that matters
The greed of men left unmeasured.

Fall through the cracks are the most vulnerable
Separated in such chaotic times
Tearful emotions filling up inside
Watch mother from the window
“Shes forgotten me!”
She sits composed, none the wiser.

Double take.

Small child standing on the platform alone
She makes a move
Spurts of steam
Nothing to hear but inaudible screams
Shes at the door
Train starts moving

Child runs
“Mother im coming!”
Grasping her fingers
World starts blurring
Feelings of defeat suddenly grip

Things happen
Child trips
When things clear hes all alone
Wondering when mother will come to take him home.

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A collaboration and poem inspired by this image by Artmonger named Hinton Station.

I tried to portray it through the eyes of a child left behind, no one he knows around him as they all left, nothing he knows and everything he feels. Hope you all enjoy it!

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  • LeviMoore
    LeviMooreabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful writing Mika. As I said, I could see this unfold as I read.

  • Thanks Levi! Glad you like it!

    – Mika

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtabout 5 years ago

    So sad…OMG. Just like Levi, I too could see it all taking place! Beautiful writiing and a beautiful photograph!

  • Thank you so much Tracy! Im glad you like it!
    And the beautiful photo!
    Love it

    – Mika

  • Kaz Rhoads
    Kaz Rhoadsabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully done, Mika!

  • Ah thank you so much!
    And thank you for reading through it

    – Mika

  • hirere
    hirereabout 5 years ago

    Taku aroha ki te tamaiti ra!

  • omg! I panui koe i tetahi o aku mea?!
    I pai koe ki tenei?

    – Mika

  • Private  Blood
    Private Bloodabout 5 years ago

    this piece is great mika. i love the ideas you come up. i seem to have lost all my new ideas although i guess i’ve come up with uhundreds so i can’t be greedy and i did say i wanted to quit anyway…
    did “john brown” that dylan song float through your mind at all when you wrote this?

    hope you’re well and all that. peace out. hika eliot….lol

  • Aw thanks Eliot! I have no idea where they stem from either!
    Its a strange thing but i love it!
    I think find something to make you think, look at all the detail, let your eyes wander the image or page and bamb! Itll knock you sooner or later!

    – Mika

  • Erika Tirado
    Erika Tiradoabout 5 years ago

    When things clear hes all alone
    Wondering when mother will come to take him home……so heart wrenching…Incredible writing Mika. xx

  • Aw thanks Erika! Im glad you read it!
    This poem came about at the most randomest time!

    – Mika

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