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Sunday, November 15, 2015


by Sarah Edwards

The relatives of one of the victims of the twin suicide attacks in Beirut mourned during a funeral procession in the city's Burj al-Barajneh neighborhood. Credit Wael Hamzeh/European Pressphoto Agency via “Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten” by ANNE BARNARD, NY Times, Nov. 13, 2015.


to the smoke
of a thousand towers
babel to trade


to blood-stained
family legacies
adam to al qaeda


to tears
mothers searching
golgotha to nicaragua


to sacrifice
of martyrs
joan to martin

we play our games
repeat the poem
change the names


Sarah Edwards is a retired clergyperson with poetry replacing the pulpit.  She has a newly released chapbook,  Pandora, Let's Talk, published by Finishing Line Press, and other poems have appeared in Conclave, Minerva Rising, Slim, and TheNewVerse.News.