A Child in Aleppo

Palestine Arab Refugees in Lebanon

At night, Aleppo is buzzing
With mosquito flutter, drones on auto-pilot
And war planes under human control
Shells falling from the sky.
And a little boy in a shelter
Looks through a crack in the window
To see a shell falling from the top.

And death was at first a dot, a blip
That fell to gravity’s furor
Becoming bulkier in an instant
Until one boy was pulverized to dust.
No squeal, no cries of anguish,
Just a perfect silence after the storm.

In that pool of blood and debris
There were no mosquitos or drones,
Just the buzz of angels fluttering their wings.
The angel of death, clearing the clutter,
Of the angel of destruction
To ferry a little angel
Who could never grow up
To clip his wings

And fall.


Published by

meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist, who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. Dilantha wrote his first poem at the ripe age of 32 and now has more than 1700 poems on his blog. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry and Ravens Perch, among others. He was also awarded the prize for "The emerging writer of the year - 2016" in the Godage National Literary Awards, Sri Lanka for his first collection of poems (Kite Dreams – A Sarasavi Publication), while being shortlisted for the poetry prize. Dilantha is a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia, and shares his experiences from two different cultures. He blogs at - https://meandererworld. wordpress.com/

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