Lament for Aleppo

Equipped for Mercy

Irreversibly broken
This world that exists
The pain, the sorrow
Never seems to desist

A city laid waste
People groan goodbye
Knowing today
Or tomorrow they die

Hopeless, helpless
No end in sight
Terror of violence
Pervades day and night

Bloodied bodies
Cover the ground
Others trapped
No hope to be found

Haunting, deafening
Terrible cries
Rise through rubble
Echo through skies

Fathers wailing
The loss of their sons
Mothers hiding
Daughters from guns

Stricken, Stunned
With nothing to say
We watch in horror
Far, far away

Hearts breaking
Nowhere to go
We cry “Have mercy—
God save Aleppo!”

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