i blame a lot of things on the atlantic (Poem)

Memory
i blame a lot of things on the atlantic.
my heart aches, and they give me a pill.
i ask them instead
to please shrink the Atlantic.
i blame a lot of things on the Atlantic

from whose geometry emerges isolation and apathy
without whose geometry would not exist Orientalism and Occidentalism
i blame a lot of things on the Atlantic
the Atlantic has too much water

had it been a capillary
i would have skipped over it
to see grandma.
had it been a capillary
i would have skipped over it
and sprinted to see the men
dropping the Barrels
to stop them, to force them to remember
who they were before
had it been a capillary
you would have skipped over it
and I would have welcomed you to another home
in Houston, until you could go back to Homs.​

 

-Shiyam Galyon is a Syrian-American activist & writer.

-Photo: Memories From Aleppo by Kevork Mourad

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