Mucky labyrinths lead to castles of pain
Dingy, choking alleys give way
to spaces of loss.
Shrills of outlanders echo in the fearful silence
Trampling Jackboots walk up to the House of God
Piercing metal cuts through dreams;
rosary falls apart.
Bullet holes on the mosque door,
lead to tunnels of pain- infinite and dark!
Rain moans as it falls,
on graves dug last summer
in row, without epitaphs.
The ageless Wilderness where we belong!
Wild flowers surround a grave,
Bud; buried in the school yard
Cracks in mud walls deepen,
as his mother kisses his last memory;
a dim photo in a shroud.
His room, a Shrine!
School bag and clothes
Wintry silence remains
His siblings wait
Wait doesn’t fade
Snow that hid the graves has melted.
But traces of autumn linger,
treasuring in them the gone by summer.
Rain clouds gather
School bell rings
His fellows eager to meet him,
run to school in euphoria.
Jumping, clapping and dancing crazy,
stamping life into the dead earth.
Exuberance fades when they see the wild flowers
Touching the earth of the grave,
their little hands tremble.
Eyes, shedding innocence, reflect the wild flowers;
And they run,
faraway, not stopping.
Their badges fall
Shuddering in a safe corner in the backyard,
they catch their breaths,
and wipe their rain-kissed faces.
Mud puddles reflect their faces
Gasoline rainbow in the puddles,
they disturb and stir and destroy.
Little hands join; a Pledge.
To clear the garden of the wild flowers
School bags left near the well,
hoping to return.
Under a weak sun they toil hard,
to uproot the wild flowers.
Beads of sweat on their foreheads shine
The spade turns red
And they dig all day.
all fall asleep under the Maple.
Afternoon sun breaks through the clouds
Silver sky! And they dream One-
a beautiful garden.
Of Almond and Apple blossoms,
Of Bleeding Hearts and Baby Breaths
Of Forget-Me-Nots, and Rosemaries
Of Lilies, Lavenders
Of Immortal Flowers!
And sleep becomes an eternity
Morning monstrous sky sees them as flowers.
Buried! Buds in graves.
Wild flowers guarding them.
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