Megan, Fatima Meghlaj

by Darren   Aug 4, 2014


**I found this image by accident, there was a link about the conflict in Gaza on my Facebook. This was linked from there. I wish I had never seen this especially as I have two daughters. But I have and I have to be thankful that I have the chance to at least express my disgust and sorrow. Please do not look at the link if you do not want to see a disturbing image of a young girl with her head removed. I have called her Megan. I wish she was sitting here making loom bands with my daughters not being paraded like a trophy by these animals**

In your Dorothy blue dress
and lifeless arms outstretched
just wanting a cuddle
or maybe to smile again..

but they took your head
in the name of religion.

Did you take your time
choosing what to wear this morning
did you kiss dad goodbye
before playing little girl games

before they took your head
in the name of religion

If only I could have been there
not trapped in a secular society
to scoop you up and carry you away
protect your innocence

before they take your head
in the name of religion

Your image is one that will never leave me
a little girl lost, in a world of hatred
entangled in torment
a trophy for Satan's disciples

They took your head
in the name of religion

All I can do is write this poem
express grief and anger
more frustration than ever felt before
and to say sorry for being a westerner

Maybe they will take my head
in the name of religion.

**I would love an explanation by those that support these brutal bastards**


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  • 2 years ago

    by NOOR

    When I see this it makes me ask what and who are we people.

  • 2 years ago

    by Cindy

    Wow...I chose not to view the image...My heart would not be able to handle it. Your poem speaks enough sadness about the awful killing of an innocent life. You writing as a father was heart wrenching....My granddaughters make the loom bracelets just like your daughters...that vision you painted for the minds eye brought tears to mine.
    I'm glad I read this.
    Great job bringing such an injustice to light.
    Take care Cindy

    • 2 years ago

      by Darren

      Thanks to you both, Ben and Cindy.

      I am glad you didn't view the image. I still see it now.
      I only looked at it once and will never again.

      There are probably people who believe that this act was justified and do not see this as just a little girl.

  • 2 years ago

    by Ben Pickard

    I think all that can be written about this powerful piece has been said already by James and Michael. Sometimes, just watching the news these days angers me to the point I have to turn the television off.
    As you say, being a father makes everything like this hit home that much harder, doesn't it?
    Well done on a powerful and important write,

  • 2 years ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    Hello Darren,

    firstly, I want to apologise for not commenting on this sooner.

    History is littered with war, death, torture, even rape all in the name of religion. It is hard to top those atrocities isn't it? Well, the girl you speak of and her awful and undeserved death was the only sick way those bastards could come up with. They intended to shock and they have. I hope they die soon.
    I have not viewed the image, but just knowing that it is true sickens me too.

    Well done for speaking out...

    In the name of humanity.

    • 2 years ago

      by Darren

      Thanks Mr D,

      I wish I hadn't viewed the image, as a father of two girls it really angered me.

  • 4 years ago

    by Beautiful Soul

    Differing religion views seem to be one of the killers of this world. I liked the fact that you had beginning and ending statements to introduce the poem. Also I personally love the title. I would think that very few people have this little girls name. Or you made it your own. Megan gives personality to a dire and disgusting situation. In the first line using "Dorothy" is great because its clever for one but Dorothy had a blue dress and was also fairly young. Great connection. I liked the repetitive lines in between the stanzas. I believe its somewhat the plot of the message. And the rest of the poem is where to me the personality comes in. You give a "normal" life. Like the clothes and the games. Stuff little girls like. The twist at the end was outstanding. I think you meant by defending this girl they would take your head. What a passionate write about something so dreadful. 5/5

    • 4 years ago

      by Darren

      Thanks James

      I would love to hear from the hand wringers..
      where in any book does it say that this is justified?
      all a bit quiet though.