An Ode to Syria’s Freedom Fighters: the Children


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     For Justice all, or none to have, half-measures will not matter
    Beneath the sword of al-Assad our heads upon a platter
    Fight until our people’s chains, slave-forged, now timely shatter
    We’ve offered up our innocence, ascending heaven’s ladder

The price of freedom comes not cheap
It’s why the village women weep
Sweet daughters and their native sons
Lie dead beneath the setting sun

Old age will never call their names
Nor will they play their childhood games
They gave their lives that we might live
No greater gift could children give.

For Allah gathers to His chest
The angels here we lay to rest
He carries forth through darkest night
These stars to hang that shine so bright

     For Justice all, or none to have, half-measures will not matter
    Beneath the sword of al-Assad our heads upon a platter
    Fight until our people’s chains, slave-forged, now timely shatter
    We’ve offered up our innocence, ascending heaven’s ladder

As painful as this fight may be
It now comes back to you and me
We have no children left to pay
The price demanded of this day

Oh, Sweet Liberty our hearts succumb
To the constant beat of Freedom’s drum
With swords drawn high we heed the call
In battles pitched we give our all

Yet still we fear the sting of death
The drawing of  our final breath
Immortalize our children’s  names
Within a hot and forging flame

     For Justice all, or none to have, half-measures will not matter
    Beneath the sword of al-Assad our heads upon a platter
    Fight until our people’s chains, slave-forged, now timely shatter
    We’ve offered up our innocence, ascending heaven’s ladder

3 thoughts on “An Ode to Syria’s Freedom Fighters: the Children

    1. Stay safe in Damascus. I write a lot of poems and prose about the struggle both in Libya and Syria. In fact, I am being published in Syria’s national arts magazine (1st arts publication allowed in years!) I have a friend there named Mohammed Bin Lamin…an artist who was imprisoned for his artwork and is now a free man heading up the restoration of the arts in Libya. I’d like to see someone do the same in Syria. Art heals, don’t you think? I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You keep us informed.
      P.S. On a personal note…if anything major happens as an assault agains civilians or children, would you please email me the details at dennis.l.mchale@gmail.com so I can write timely articles about what is going on?

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    2. Feel free to share my poem with anyone whose spirits might be lifted there in Damascus. They need to know there are people all over the world supporting their cause.

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