Refugees: for Muriel Rukeyser

Syrian refugees, NYT, October 5, 2016

Syrian refugees, NYT, October 5, 2016

A rubber dinghy
off the coast of Italy

cream cheesed
two hundred and fifty

Syrian refugees
29 men asphyxiated

19 women. No more treats
from the table of the dead.


Kamar wonders how to use the toilet
standing on one leg,
and those who are able,  flee,
hear a battery-powered radio
from the mukhabarat police:
don’t worry, my friend, you are safe now.

The speed of darkness
engulfs us in a mask of clouds
as the world waits on standby
for something to change
hoping to board
the next plane out

to where Akiba, the shepherd,
sings his Song of Songs.

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About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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