Monthly Archives: July 2014

Are you there?

They are bombing women
and children in Gaza.

They are shooting

passenger planes down
in Ukraine.

People of flesh and
blood like me.

People whose hearts
must have known a
mother’s love,
a teenage crush,
a dog’s devotion,
a father’s hopes.

Tender things like that.

Now their hearts are rock,
their tears are dry, their
minds are blank and sure,
and fingers itchy on the
trigger.

Dead men looking
out of their young eyes.

May maggots eat the
rotting hearts of the people
who ripped love out
of them.

I can only curse.

Pointless imploring to
an absent God to
avenge the innocent.

As children die playing hopscotch.

Allah!