The cynical switching of the media on the refugee crisis from keep them out to let them in after the photogenic image of the dead boy changed the mublic mood shows how mercenry the media is. As with Neda Soltani, he will be forgotten in time, and the issue of immigrants will fade from the news…
Flotsam in the waters washed to shore
This is not rubbish or a toy
Or a fish or fishing net
Its a body – its a boy!
Its not a whale to be buried there
By well meaning volunteers
Its a photograph, an image, an icon
To bring to the worlds eyes tears.
One face, to give a face to thousands
To speak for thousands, and thousands of lips one name
For a while the mood will last
Then all will forget who and why came.
There once were protesters on Irans streets
One girl, photogenic, shot in the head
Today, the protesters still jailed, and the dead forgotten
We laud the nuclear deal instead.
His name is Aylan, her name was Neda
He who is described as is will soon be was
For he is news, and news is money
Money is the reason because
The headlines scream to keep them out
Oh, the money made from the papers that sell
The mood changes to “Let them in”
The papers sell well with that slogan as well.
Its all headlines, its all news
For state nor victims the media do not care
He is a human, as was she, where dead they lay
They may as well have been whales or kittens there!