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Waging Peace

Christina Pacosz: In the Garden

“In Baquba a woman and her four children were killed when a bomb went off in a neighbor’s house bringing the ceiling down on the family sleeping in the garden.”

A hot house in Baquba
Only a week after Zarqawi is killed
The stars shining like lanterns
In the night sky
Jasmine scents the air
Figs and tomatoes ripen
In the warm dark

Here in this country I am even now trying to reach this family

A woman and her four children
Buried under bricks and debris
From the ceiling of the bombed-out neighbor’s house
It is too late to rescue them
Too late when they closed their eyes to sleep
On pallets near the cucumber and chard


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