a doll lies on the bloody ground
to the sound of screeching sirens
at this terrible bombing scene.
Minutes ago the crowd was talking
as they waited in an endless queue
but now there's terror in survivors' eyes
yet for me the most poignant sight
is of the doll and I wonder
what has become of the little girl
who must have treasured it
and if she's alive will never leave this day
who clutched this doll only a short time before,
a reminder...of the horrors of war.