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The Syrian Devil

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The Syrian Devil

Children lie dying
Punished for waking up one more day
In unbearable heat, in a dirty war
They have no Generals
To defend them
From the evils of men
They have no advocates for peace
All the gods seem to be sleeping
As so many infants weep, into deathly silence
They exist no more
Good men take no action
As evil men fight for more blood
We must stand up to the horrors
And give breath to those too weak to stand
We must march on in honor and face the faceless
Who wish harm to all with good will
Sadness created by Assad
For many a year
Infants give only love
Can we not promise them?
Shoofakboukra?
Marhaba



Shoofakboukra = We will see you tomorrow
Marhaba = God is Love

Inspired not only by recent events, but by interviews with people who at the time were children playing with unexploded phosphorus bombs dropped by the Syrian regime in Lebanon.


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  1. Date: 11/26/2013 5:39:00 PM

    powerful language "Children lie dying Punished for waking up one more day" not often do words take one's breath away.......well done....

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 9:40:00 PM

    Powerful, intense... Masterful!

  1. Date: 9/8/2013 11:53:00 PM

    .... I cry my tears for the victims of this inhumane war - well written Arthur ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/6/2013 6:50:00 PM

    Dropping by to say hello, also enjoyed reading some of the comments on your fine piece. It is important for people to read this thought provoking poem.

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 9/8/2013 8:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Richard, you have no idea how much I appreciated your earlier comments, this was very kind of you, and this is a subject close to my heart. You may like another, called "Marhaba"
  1. Date: 9/2/2013 5:33:00 AM

    So sad. Wonderful write, you express it well.

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 9/13/2013 4:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Becca
  1. Date: 9/2/2013 3:33:00 AM

    Absolutely wonderfully written for a tragedy horrifically occurred ! Marvelous in its concept and expression! Thank you for visiting!

  1. Date: 9/1/2013 2:46:00 AM

    oh wow! speechless! great poetry with great poet!

  1. Date: 8/31/2013 4:18:00 PM

    Emouvant et terrible! Sans doute un de vos meilleurs M. Vaso, le nombre de lectures en temoigne.

  1. Date: 8/31/2013 3:11:00 PM

    a most powerful write Arthur on something that should not have happened. well done on portraying it so well Shadow x smile

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 9/13/2013 4:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much for your comments!!
  1. Date: 8/31/2013 7:20:00 AM

    I am amazed with so many reads so few have commented. This is a very impactful piece. I am moved and saddened by your words. You are right God is Love and he promises that each and every tear will be wiped away and this wicked World will be shed like an old garmet.

  1. Date: 8/29/2013 11:02:00 PM

    What a tremendous poem my friend......Seren