doluya koydum almadı boşa koydum dolmadı*
an enigmatic bait that has given rise
to ceaseless compulsion
overused misused abused
embraced by tens of thousands
multiplying at warp speed
subjecting no one to discrimination
with the other eternal charge . . .
what would their first utterance be
if the dead were to confess
those babies deserved nothing but a tender caress
love came onto our path disguised as dedication to hate . . .
© hülya n. yılmaz, 7.30.2016
*A colloquial Turkish phrase, equaling in English to: “I could find no solution for it.”
Related reading: WHO-World Report on Violence and Health