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© Phil Cosker 2016

 In my comfortable room

I fume

Aleppo

 

Putin

Obama

May

Games to play

In

Aleppo

 

What do I know of this?

Shit all

Of the reality

In

Aleppo

 

Concrete splits

In

Aleppo

 

Lungs implode

In

Aleppo

 

Skin

Gently

Searing

Burning

Flaking

Falling

Shrivelled

Blown away

Wasted

Dust

Dead

In

Aleppo

 

What is this to do with me?

In my comfortable room

Far from me

In

Aleppo

 

Bones shatter

In

Aleppo

 

Blood flows

In

Aleppo

 

Worse than pictures

In my head

Sound

The sound

The sound

The sound

Bang

Boom

Bang

Roar

Rip

Tear

Flesh rips

That’s a sound

In

Aleppo

 

Children scream

Burning

Dying

In

Aleppo

 

Limbs lost

In

Aleppo

 

This not abstract

This is war

In

Aleppo

 

On the ground

Guts

Spill out

In

Aleppo

 

Eunuched

I wail

For

Aleppo

 

Assad’s

Holocaust

Cleansing

In

Aleppo

 

For what

In

Aleppo?

 

Bashar al-Assad

Is not

In

Aleppo

 

Assad sips

Full lipped

At

Putin’s goblet

Silky power

Corrupt corruption

In

But not

In

Aleppo

 

Hair

Bone

Fingernail

Bone

Blood

Femur

Breast

Bone

Follicle

Hair

Follicle

Nipple

Heart

Bone

Lung

Bone

Bone

Ventricle

Bone

Hair

Tooth

Larynx

Tongue

Bone

Gone

Dead

Hair

Skin

Eyelid

Iris

Gone

In

Aleppo

 

A child

In pieces

In

Aleppo

 

Assad

Not in pieces

Not in

Aleppo

 

A mother

Bereft

In

Aleppo

 

What’s that smell?

A child burning

In

Aleppo

 

A father

Weeps

In

Aleppo

 

Assad

Kleenex wipes a crocodile tear

But not

In

Aleppo

 

So what?

So fucking what?

What do I do about

Aleppo?

 

I don’t know

 

And the clock

Ticks

As the barrel bombs

Tock

Crock

Block

Blast

Blind

Kill

Not just

In

Aleppo

Is that not enough?

 

Tick …

Tock …

Tick …

Tock …

As the bones break

Crick

Crack

Crock

Broken

Crick

Crack

Shatter

In

Aleppo

 

We excuse ourselves

For the bravery of those

in

Aleppo

Who are

Not us

In

Aleppo

 

Enough!

It’s our world

Stop the murder

of

Aleppo

 

I don’t know how to end this

In

Aleppo

 

I apologise.

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