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Lully, Lulay

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Lully, Lulay

(Think of the night just before our bombers flew over Bhagdad, beginning the first Gulf War)

The desert moon was  empty that spring night
when sleepless,  I arose, forsook my bed
and stumbled through the streets devoid of light
but from the stars, and then just overhead

I heard a mother singing of her love
while less ethereal flights beyond her range
drew closer, and would resound above,
a song elegiac, and soft, and strange.

I stopped, and listening, was thus beguiled:
"The shadows soon will pass.  Allah is nigh.
Its time to close your eyes my darling child.
It's time for me to weep...for you to die."
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