Yesterday in Syria
BEIRUT, Lebanon - One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria turned a northern rebel-held area into a toxic kill zone…www.nytimes.com
He carries her wrapped in blue plastic
blue like the sky yesterday when words
failed me as I attempted to write a poem
to capture the emotions that are numbed
in the toxic news. We say we are bombarded
with story after story with lies by the so-called
leader of the free world that blames and shames.
On her way to school
in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun,
a fourteen year old girl
watched a plane drop a bomb. A yellow
mushroom cloud turned a spring sky to a winter fog.
A car of first responders arrived at the scene
and they dropped dead. Drowning with fluid
filled lungs, mouths foaming.
Pupils reduced to a dot.
The little girl’s hair sways with his stride.
Her lips a grey blue.