Not much remains in Syria Palaestina
Red mud, rifles and blood
Three young boys
climb limestone rocks
Salimat Yadakum, the lifeline
on their fair hands seems
shorter than in other palms
The night sky over the river is black—
chary, playful shrieks
as a foot slips on the rocks,
mud trickling in
A pregnant hush. Rifles click.
Gaza watches the children play hide
Three Palestinian Boys, Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Oil on canvas, 1970 (Source: Wikimedia.org)
Vasudha Rungta is a Mumbai based writer, film director and creative producer. She enjoys writing fiction, poetry, and scripts. She has been published in Usawa Literary Review and currentMood magazine. She is the founder of ‘Melting Clock’, a film production house and has worked in advertising for more than fifteen years.