The man said no worry, we’d be okay,
I wanted to know how much we’d pay
He said five thousand, you pay today.
We broke the bank, found all we had
Said goodbye to the cat, the children were sad
I told them, when we got there they would be glad.
We paid the money and climbed into the boat
We had all our possessions and I’d left a note
For the landlord to find when we were afloat
I said Allah would help us, my husband would work
We had nothing to fear, we would not be back
Our spirits were high as we left our shack.
It all went so smoothly, the sea was like glass
But somewhere in the middle this came to pass
The wind and the rain turned the seas to wet death.
The night grew so black, the wind chased the stars
And the gusting and howling went on for hours
Our children were held tight in the cage of our arms.
There was weeping of women amid the cries of the men
The boat rolled to one side then rolled back again
We were sitting in vomit, ignoring our pain
As we crashed and we fell in that sodden Hell
Then my children, my babies, slipped out of my hold
And over the side into that ocean, so cold
And the screams of my darlings as “Mama!” they cried
Split the night, split my heart as my spirit died
My pleadings to Allah to save us, denied.
As the storming winds stopped, the rain faded away
That Wintry sun shone on a scene of dismay
On the waves of the ocean that terrible day.
My babies, all five, they were hidden from me
Though I cried and I screamed out to Allah “Oh Please
Bring my babies back, bring them back to me”.
Now I’ve reached the safety of these foreign shores
But I’m dead to this world and want nothing more
Than to go back to the ocean and hear the winds roar.
And I’ll enter the sea, and I’ll walk till I’m gone
For the lives of my children so cruelly torn
From my arms, for I wish I had never been born.