For Children

Gautama Mehta

Clearing a Field

2010 9th-12th Grade Poetry Winner

my research:

I read in the newspaper that Haiti needs tents
-the online version of the newspaper-
it said that theyíre going to build a "tent city"
for 10,000 people
it said they were "clearing a field in the Croix des Bouquets neighborhood"
I'm just imagining a city of tents, thousands and thousands of tents
when I was little I'd make tents
out of sofa cushions and blankets, and I'd probably have loved to live in the tent city

the reason that they need to make the tent city is:
many people's houses were destroyed
when two giant bits of rock under the ground bumped into each other
and those people don't have money so they have to live in tents
and there are so many of them and they have so little money
that according to the article
the International Organization for Migration
is clearing a field in the Croix de Bouquets neighborhood

the International Organization for Migration
counterintuitively doesn't help birds or fish find their way across the sea
I looked it up online:
"An intergovernmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society."
it calls itself
"the migration agency"

clear a field for the birds.