The sheer and utter sadness

How to even begin to comprehend the tragedy facing Turkey and Syria? The shock. The despair. The searching. The loss.

I drove through London today, watching the life on the streets. The pushchairs and children, the teenage lads heading home from school, the shopkeepers, the dogwalkers, the business people stepping briskly on to pedestrain crossings, the black cabs with their yellow lights glowing, the red buses advertising shows, or vegan bacon.

I saw them all in the spring sunshine, and thought of Syria and Turkey.

We are the same wherever we are in the world. We cherish our families, and belong to our communities. Yet we barely know each other.

Where we can, we head home for our evening meals. We eat. We do the washing up. Perhaps watch some television, then say our prayers. We may sleep together, or apart, but we hope for rest, and expect to see each other the next day. Life feels tangible and confident, then suddenly it is not.

Tonight I shall say my prayers, and they shall be for Turkey and for Syria.

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2023

11 thoughts on “The sheer and utter sadness

    • Katie it is a tragedy beyond words. What can words do? Perhaps they’re a way of trying to absorb some of the pain, to hold it down, to acknowledge, to respect, to try to understand a fraction of the awfulness. Thank you for reading.


  1. Georgie, yes, absolutely tragic. Well said. Especially when they were soundly asleep. We are all just the same, and do not expect Mother Nature to take life from us without warning. Makes me feel constantly aware that we are so vulnerable, just spinning around on a speck of dust in the cosmos, a piece of rock consistently evolving at will. We can only live, love and have daily hope and joy. So very sad that these people had that taken away from them yesterday. 🙏🏼

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      • Yes, absolutely. They need so much support. Terrible. I hope they retrieve more survivors quickly. Then the long job ahead….. very sad.


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