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(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

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Aleppo, Syria, February 22,2013

Atatürks' children pace beside the fence,
Listening and watching carefully as
The neighbours reinvent domestic violence,
destroy their home and charitably
dissolve blood in fire.
The world waits and watches
the fetid spectacle disintegrate,
While Sam and the Bear mumble truce
and smell the oil.
The Basher nods lip service
While arbitrarily defiling Syria's youth
Deliberately murdering its children
With well thrown foreign missiles
To snuff the strategic threat
Posed by civilians and schools,
homes and childrens' bedrooms
in the residential suburbs of
Jabal Badro, Tariq al-Bab,
Ard al-Hamra and Tel Rifat.

3 score and 11 children dead.

Numbing.

The numb,
leached of hope and bereft of normality
venture from the crushed world
Assess the rubble and enter labour
for corpses once terrified and warm,
Grief dilates and dry tears burst
In wailing escalating pain as
Mothers push through putrid sanity
without sedation,
welcoming the reality of insanity,
One more push
til torn and scarred for life as
Each babe a crowning glory is
Delivered into the cold and sacred earth.

By Danny Draper 27/2/2013

Submitted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013


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  • Susan Lacovara (11/12/2013 10:29:00 PM)

    That anyone could turn a blind eye, in ignorance, to the o going plight in Syria, is beyond comprehension. For many here, in the US...a disappointing time, when violence is considered an option to end violence. You have illuminated a darkness, in the loud volume of your write. I applaud your strength and civility. Bravo, Danny and as always...PEACE

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  • Anthony Di''anno (3/6/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    Incredibly moving Danny. Proper poetry from a proper poet.

  • Kevin Patrick (3/4/2013 8:06:00 PM)

    Probably one of the best works on this website and needs to be published, I've read this four or five times and I cannot help but feel awestruck by the depth and analysis of the situation, it never sounds preachy, or condescending, but provides a dramatic contextualization of events as they are happening now, in real time. This is a fine example of contemporary writing really is a 10 out of 10

  • Diane Hine (3/1/2013 5:59:00 AM)

    Is it possible for any government to resist corruption in countries with so much ingrained resentment and hatred?
    I don't know. I know you couldn't express the tragedy more movingly than in this poem.
    Cleverly written - all the information without sounding like a news report.

  • Karen Sinclair (3/1/2013 5:51:00 AM)

    Danny this really is one of the most affecting and honestly harrowing writes I've ever read. I found it particularly hard hitting due to how you chose to (as I see it) report the incidents... I feels like poetic journalism if humanities most horrific behaviour and crimes... The second section really strengthens the whole piece as if I relate in visual documentational terms the first feels a slightly disassociated long lens report but when you enter the latter section... To me it seems the chained reaction which relates on a more personal level.
    As ever Danny all I can say is I hope you get what in earth I'm trying to express. Karen
    Bloody excellent piece Danny intelligent and contemporary.

  • Valerie Dohren (2/28/2013 1:13:00 PM)

    Powerful and disturbing write Danny.

  • Valsa George (2/27/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    Grief dilates and dry tears burst
    In wailing escalating pain as
    Mothers push through putrid sanity
    without sedation,
    welcoming the reality of insanity,
    One more push
    til torn and scarred for life as
    Each babe a crowning glory is
    Delivered into the cold and sacred earth.

    What powerful lines cutting through the flesh even benumbing the terrible labour pain! Why the world turns a sepulchre to these babes that would have been crowning glories to this earth?

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