Props of a Tragedy

Marian Wakimian

In a matter of seconds,
life, as I knew it
turned into a stage
hosting the newest tragedy.

The Lebanese authorities,
having written down
the play script,
watched it unfold.

The world a distant audience
watching from afar,
with brief concern and attention
soon to turn their eyes away.

Whereas I
and my brothers and sisters
were yelling out lines
forced to play a role.

Yet, as watched and scrutinized
as this tragic play was,
I had never felt so ignored,
so unseen.