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The Day Before Death

The Day Before Death
Malak Salama


I see faithful souls lying as in a deep sleep,
Never to see the shine of the sun,
Even their families cry and weep,
Death comes for us – one by one.

I hear the bullets raining down on us,
And for my life I fear,
My devastated heart bangs like a banging drum,
And my eyes fill up with tears,

I smell the putrid, polluted air,
It fills and hides the sky,
Why is war so unfair,
I cannot help but wonder why?

I feel the chaos coming to destroy me,
I travelled away for this long, useless journey,
I am powerless as can be,
Why did we get ourselves in this catastrophe?