Friday, December 19, 2014

Poem: Shrapnel

O you who search for songs here,
turn back –
there are none

only screams
drilling through deaf ears
to reach
empty brains and emptier hearts

O you who search for knowledge here,
leave now –
you shall find nothing

but pens
bleeding ink, and children
leaking blood
onto empty notebooks

O you who search for the school here,
you know nothing:
this is a graveyard

half-read lessons
and half-eaten lunches

the unread and uneaten

the ghosts
of half-dreamt dreams

all the tomorrows
yet to dawn