10-11 Nausea of was

This attempts to summarize my feelings about wars (plural, tragically).


       Men carry a large sign خلاص’ (“ENOUGH”)

Barrel bombs strike their street.

Building chunks soars and rains concrete hail

and a few bicycle wheels

on the mass of men staggering in shock

and the others gasping out blood mist.


Dust settles like volcanic ash on their faces,

collecting limbs and flesh confetti

in wheelbarrows and carts. A daughter pedals

a bicycle, glancing over her shoulder,

absorbing red panorama, her amygdala numb,

her right ear deaf,


one more Armageddon her tiny brain

stockpiled over the others.