Aleppo today

The thick blood red cross
Of need
In the hospitals Aleppo
To the bone
Whistling wings of a blind god’s arrow
Sawing through
Blood and adrenalin pumps
Some children
Have only ever known
Amongst dust
The relentless angular barrage
Another image
A bombarded boy look out –and why
Unable to know
And why would he, how could he?
This will be
History one day – one day
When that
War machine finds another home

Jonathan Beale has 500 plus poems published in such journals as: The Screech Owl, Danse Macabre, Poetic Diversity, Down in the Dirt, etc., and his work has appeared in Drowning, and The Poet as Sociopath, both books published by Scar publications. His first collection of poetry The Destinations of Raxiera is published by Hammer & Anvil, and he is currently working on his second volume. Jonathan studied philosophy at Birkbeck College London and lives in Surrey England. Read other articles by Jonathan.