This many people fill up
One three hundredth of
The Rose Bowl football stadium.
Three hundred people would
Populate India four million times.
This makes the number seem small,
But now imagine a different scenario.
One small child,
An innocent little girl.
She has friends, family,
Parents who love her more than the whole world.
All she wants is an education.
Her education is worth dying for,
Worth abduction by terrorists for.
The girl’s absence leaves
A devastating blow on her community.
Her friends long for her presence in
Their games of tag or hide-and-seek.
Her older brother blames himself
For letting her out of his sight
On that day, of all days.
Her parents waste away into depression,
Knowing they can’t save her.
Now imagine that loss times three hundred.