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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.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 5/16/2014 8:27:00 AM
A little arabic hint: Marhaba = hello if you wanna say goodbye = maa Alsalama thought you should know but yet you described our awful reality very well, people fight over power and children are the sacrifice, Everyone just sits and watch :( Beautiful poem Big Love ~MISHA
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Date: 5/23/2014 11:03:00 PM
Hello Mostafa, and here is a little hint for you my friend, although that is how the word is used today in Arabic, it was taken from the Aramaic language. The real meaning of “MARHABA” Marhaba is an Arabic word used in the Middle East as “Hello”. But most people don't know its source Marhaba comes from a Syriac (Aramaic, Assyrian) origin and was used by the first Christians Mar = Master or God ,Haba =Love Marhaba = God is love
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....
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Date: 5/23/2014 11:04:00 PM
Thank you Victoria!!
Date: 11/5/2013 9:40:00 PM
Powerful, intense... Masterful!
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Date: 5/23/2014 11:05:00 PM
Thanks for such kind words Sarai !!!!!
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 :)
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Date: 5/23/2014 11:09:00 PM
Hi there Anne Lise, somehow I missed this comment, and yes I feel just as you!! Hope you are doing well!
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.
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Date: 9/8/2013 8:00:00 PM
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"
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!
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Date: 9/1/2013 2:46:00 AM
oh wow! speechless! great poetry with great poet!
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arthur vaso
Date: 5/23/2014 11:10:00 PM
Thank you so much Elai !
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.
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Date: 5/23/2014 11:12:00 PM
un grand merci !!!!
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
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Date: 9/13/2013 4:39:00 PM
Thank you so much for your comments!!
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.
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Date: 5/23/2014 11:13:00 PM
Thanks Richard, I was just checking back on some, and saw I didn't reply here!!!!! Cheers
Date: 8/29/2013 11:02:00 PM
What a tremendous poem my friend......Seren
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Date: 5/23/2014 11:13:00 PM
Thanks!!