What she does these days

This poem was written in response to the ISIS bombing of Palmyra, a major historical site in Syria.  Many say that this terrorist group has destroyed the ‘Venice of the Sands’ and some would even go so far as to say, that the heart of Syrian history has been ripped apart. As a lover of history myself, it was always a dream to go see Palmyra. But now, all that’s left is bombed rubble and stone. But what is even more heart breaking is the people that have lost their lives to ISIS. On the first day, when ISIS captured Palmyra, I read that seventeen people were killed. I am not sure whether that is an accurate figure but I know that innocent blood was spilled. I realize that more than anything, the heart of Syria has been ripped apart because of the people that die in the name of religion. I wish people would go beyond differences and learn to love each other simply, without complexities. This poem reflects my aching heart as I think about the middle east and the blood that is shed. For now, I can only pray. 

What she does these days

She used to be just an Egyptian goddess that I would read of,
with a zero figure and pretty face of yellow, hair I want. But today,
these days, she is not a goddess and she is not history. These days
she walks around with black masks and big guns, slashing throats
and reeking of poisonous terror, evil I cannot comprehend. Now,
she is not only making films of severed heads with men who hate
the west but speak like it too. She’s started blowing up dreams
and also cities, cities of people, cities of temples, cities that echo
a time when the blood of religious conflict did not mark the doorpost
of a blessed land. But now, I also don’t care if the tombs are burnt
and the heart of Syrian history is cut off. I only hope, she’ll stop
ripping out hearts of people, maybe she’ll just be a silent statue,
a painting again. Maybe, she will disappear with the dust that flies
off of baal’s temple. And maybe, the sons and daughters of the
land will get a chance to see a bloodless dawn. Perhaps, they will
get a chance to know salvation.

Image taken from www.dailymail.co.uk


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