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Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Tribute Poem to the Victims of War & Terrorism

By: Ymatruz | Filed under:

No city wants to be a battlefield for wars. This is a poem dedicated to the people of Marawi and the Philippines soldiers as they wrestle with devastating impact of terrorism.



Salute for the Philippine flag and  soldiers
Salute to the Philippine soldiers!



On Marawi Siege

have you met the angels,
                the victims of war?
 have you seen them lately,
      their trembling knees?

they beg the rain to come
      to wash the pain away
             from their bleeding homes,
                      their wounded bones
they crave nights of silence 
      to let them sleep
                      undisturbed
      to let them eat
                     unharmed

burned bridges of the city
             there is no place to hide
    powdered rocks sounded like
              muffled drums
in the ears of those who died
    of those who lost their lives
of those with hungry stomachs
                 starving each night
                    with clenched fists
   that can never win the fight
              grasping the elusive tail
                   of intangible peace
    of stingy air on their palms
they long to breathe freely
                   to remain alive
                   to remain standing
         in the middle of bloodshed
         in the middle of nothingness
                  of rumbling blankness


        of selfish war.



- ymatruz
          

Read this poem: Marawi Aftermath: Dancing with Smoke
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