AFTER THE SIEGE
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

remains.




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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