LISTEN by Helen Losse

A soldier keeping watch in the darkness prays for light
yet sees only the firing of rockets. A native woman—
holding, comforting a child—is stifling her muffled
cries to Allah. And surely, each heart speaks.
But who will hear God’s answer,
alone in the Iraqi night?

First published in Domicile (March 2003), and later in Gathering the Broken Pieces, “Poets On Peace #5,” FootHills Publishing, 2004.

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