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2020-03-30T20:30:00-04:00July 25th, 2016|Parenthood|

Syria

Because when a barrel bomb falls
it makes the air whistle

a moment
a moan

before it erases
buildings and bones

and that horrible hum
before it hits
made the older girl cry at first
and then scream
each time
until now
she hardly speaks
at all

so with their younger one
who is only two
they have taught her
that the whine
of the rusty drum
diving down towards them
is a happy sound

like an ice cream truck

so while the older one
stares at the smoke
in the distance

the parents force themselves
to laugh and dance
each time
a crater is made in the streets
where children play

as the little one
claps her hands
with joy.

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