In Memory of Halafaya: The Bread Massacre

Bread and Blood.  ©Alisar Iram

Bread and Blood.  ©Alisar Iram.

A few days ago, the jets of the Syrian government dropped its bombs on lines of people queuing for bread. Many children had joined the bread line in the belief that their presence might deter  hostile actions against the civilians. It is reported that 90 people died and an unknown number injured. I wrote this poem in memory.

There is life

 In our holy daily bread

And there is a longing

The longing of flour for water

The dough for fire

The loaf for air

And the mouths for the mouthful.

Our summer-love my friends.

 Is this golden loaf, so

Break it tenderly

And eat it contentedly,

For  it is made of the soul of the earth

And it is needed with the body of Stria,

This loaf my friends glows with the colour

Of carpets of poppies

And pulsates with the red psalms

Of freedom

This loaf my friends

Glows with the red blood

Of the innocents

Holy    Holy   Holy


ففي الخبز المقدس حياة وفيه حنين

حنين الحنطة للماء

وحنين العجين للنار

وحنين الرغيف للهواء

وحنين اللقمة للافواه

وحبنا القمحي يا اصدقائي

هو هذا الرغيف الذ هبي

فلنقسمه بدعة

ونتناوله برضى

فمن روح الارض هو مجبول

ومن جسد سوريا هو مجدول

هذا الرغيف يا اصدقائي،

شقائق النعمان تسطع فيه

ودماء الاطفال تهلل فيه

قدوس…. قدوس.. قدوس

©Alisar Iram

About alisariram

I am an artist, a writer and a researcher. I know Arabic and English . I am interested in music and art of every description. I like to describe myself as the embodiment of a harmonious marriage between two cultures which I value and treasure.
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