For Aleppo

Aleppo has become a synonym for hell” they say

When I switch over to the 12’o’clock news

And my mind meditates on the rhetoric.

 

Hell hath no fury like a government scorned

I think to myself

As I realise

How poorly reported this whole travesty has been.

 

I see women

Walking dead

But alive enough to see the bones of their children

Mothers, brothers, sisters, lovers.

Decomposing, decrepit. But trust me, she suffers the worst death.

 

I see children

Numbed with pain

Too young to be this conscious

Of the harsh realities of this world

Aleppo is a place where the children have stopped crying” they say

All these victims – merely pawns in the devil’s chess game

 

But what I do not see

Are the culprits in chains, or

News reporters, screaming, losing their shit as they damn

The power hungry, the murderous

Who sit in suits and orchestrate deaths

Who use rape as a weapon of war

To silence the outraged, to assert their dominance

 

I want to see our government

Accepting responsibility for the part they’ve played

For the moves they’ve made

That have contributed to the pain that echoes in the walls, in the halls

And in the hearts of everywhere and everything in Aleppo that the bombs have missed

That the militiamen have yet to demolish

That the Syrian government have yet to devastate

That the Russian government have yet to destroy

 

This tragedy was created by a vacuum of Western leadership, of American leadership, of British leadership” they say

And I accept through gritted teeth

May we one day come to appreciate the privilege and right to life

We so carelessly take from others

And I want the shame of this to saturate

And lead to productive action

From all that can

From all that should

From all

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante Alighieri

Author: Ruth Elora

it's all about the mystery.

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