2016 11 – White Cotton (poem)

WHITE COTTON

  •  West Aleppo
  •               they want it forgotten
  • spy so many bodies wrapped in
  •               white cotton
  • wrapped in white cotton
  •               instant burial that day
  • wail till you drop
  •               curse very lowly
  • no music plays
  •               slowly
  • as they’re carried along
  •               to no green valley
  • but to earth that grows
  •               a shrapnel crop
  • listen out for the
  •               mortar’s song
  • the young girl
  •               dreads
  • Allahu Akba
  •               God’s in a bad mood
  • today
  •               the world crazily
  • whirls
  •               a foot gone a foot gone
  • dress the wound in
  •               white cotton
  • there’s plenty of
  •                white cotton
  • no more dancing
  •               for this young fawn
  • hope mocking life
  •               cries out
  • it will grow again
  •               it will grow again
  • don’t make me a wreck
  •               but only tears grow
  • only tears grow
  •               dear, God, if you can send bombs
  • this far
  •               can’t you give me my foot
  • back
  •               the damaged building
  • shudders
  •               throws down concrete debris
  • and dust
  •               white cotton white cotton
  • growing red as rust

              Wilson John Haire.

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