14 Million Children (Tetractys)


14 Million Children Suffering as Result of War in Syria and Iraq, and surrounding areas Unicef Says.

a cry
morbid songs choke
butterflies asleep in dust of cocoons.

a sigh
fist to sky
streaks of skin
blemished by nightmares, deep scars of anger.

Tetractys, a poetry form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20).


Author: Anita Lubesh

I write poetry/prose/stories/short stories/verses for children/sketch/and have 6 chapters of a novel sitting there like that half eaten trifle in the fridge or bottle of Jack Daniels because something makes you afraid to eat it or drink... right now.. I am a proud Geordie from England's northern hemisphere and the beautiful city of Newcastle upon Tyne. I live with my lovely husband who came all the way from sunny California just for me, and my favourite animal, Bobble, our dog. I am a member of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth and wish we could all do more, especially today, when such a lot is wrong.

28 thoughts on “14 Million Children (Tetractys)”

    1. It does tend to overspill, and I feel useless My husband gets worried sometimes but I would be made of stone if I didn’t react and not just with poetry…but it is a drop in the ocean. Thanks for reading and for your thoughts, much appreciated.

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      1. Pain, fist to sky, deep scars of anger – this is the theme of like 70% heavy metal songs. Felt like I was reading the lyrics of one.

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      2. Really? I was never into it and hate guitars since having been drowned out by four brothers all with eclectic tastes, growing up. cant even listen to my husbands prog rock anything, once it gets to guitars I am off lol.

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      3. I was introduced to (think they are heavy metal) band called Disturbed because they did a Simon and Garfunkel cover..you should check it out. So listened to some of their every day stuff…and ran lol.

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  1. I think the saddest thing about this is that so many have become so.numb to the suffering. Most people don’t know, or care to know that this is still occurring. In Somalia, in South Sudan, in Yemen, and refugee camps all over taxed beyond their limits.

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