TO THE ONES STUCK IN WAR

TO THE ONES STUCK IN WAR

To the ones stuck in war,

Who knew that people who are supposed to preserve life would be the cause of your bloodshed

Who knew that they would be the cause for the complete ruin of your lives and those of ones you grieve

Ones who did not deserve to die because of enmity and hate being spread

I imagine in horror the ways you live in tunnels with the stench of urine and garbage around

Holding onto the waist of your little ones, while clenching your fists and whispering silent prayers

I do this while sinking into my couch under the whirring of my fan 

I wish you didn’t have to see the world turn into ruins with the debris of houses that used to be filled with the noises and laughter of their previous owners lying on the lifeless ground – a distant memory

Mothers should not have to see their children being slaughtered before their eyes to satisfy the ego of world leaders

I continue to be smothered in comfort, and think about the ones who parted without saying their goodbyes.

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