The Second Guernica

Two explosions wrecked the University of Aleppo on January 15, killing 80 people, most of them students sitting for their exams. The Syrian government  as it it usual, blamed the rebels, but the rebels claim they have proof that the government is responsible. The students of Aleppo University are known for their support to the Revolution. It makes no sense for the rebels to attack the University.

 Second Guernica

In Aleppo it came to pass

That in the prime of life

Young men and women of

The University of the immortal city

Were  called by the owls.

It came to pass that the Angel of Death,

Crying gathered them unto him

His tears streaming to clasp

So much wasted youth

So much unfulfilled promise.

The Angel spread his mighty wings

And uttered a mighty sigh

Pressing to his bosom the dreams

That Syria had awakened in their young hearts.

He walked and freedom walked with him.

He walked and Beauty followed at his heels.

He faltered but justice said take them for a while

My will shall be done in a while.

 

Alisar iram, January 2013

©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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