Syria

June 26, 2011

It’s pink because the blood is done
but it was there:
faded skyline, washed with sunset,
magenta cloud bank, shot with grey.

He talks to a lense
straight to camera

shadows bruised
with peony haze.

He talks from a screen
surrounded by my pot plants:

‘If you had a daughter they took her.
If you had a house they burnt it down.’

And screen after screen
is glittering through my living room
a rose scarf wrapped
around her head.

His eyes are pink
as he talks about his daughter.
The colour of oil, shining in a barrel
in another country, with foreign aid.

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