Aleppo, Syria

David Radavich

What can you do
with rubble?

Eyes burn
into their sockets,

families break apart
beneath stones,

even the sun
cannot weep

but keeps staring
without any shadow.

I don't know how
to move.

I don't know how
to breathe.

A day is like a tomb,

I am buried
in my skin

without a shroud
stepping over


David Radavich's recent poetry collections are AMERICA BOUND: AN EPIC FOR OUR TIME, MIDDLE-EAST MEZZE, and THE COUNTRIES WE LIVE IN. His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. His latest book is AMERICA ABROAD: AN EPIC OF DISCOVERY (2019).

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