For Gaza

Babies die
mothers moan
parents muted
children cry

Words crawl to books
(covers are folding
small insect wings)
cower in lexicons
forage for meaning
fugitive fugitive
borders are closed

Weighted by tear-load
words can’t go far
bombs bare steel teeth
to phosphorus flames
parsing the wailing
pages of flesh

Burned into shrill
memorial air

D.H. Melhem

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