Two hundred and sixty names of babies who didn’t get to celebrate their first birthday, nor will they ever celebrate anything else,” in “11,500 children have been killed in Gaza. Horror of this scale has no explanation”.

Haaretz (Israel) February 4, 2024

The children who died
by explosion and fire
in our slaughterhouse
world did not reach a
point where they could
perceive themselves
and the surrounding
world, were deprived
of seeing the limitless
landscape of human
existence to understand
what is essential and
what is superfluous, were
hurled into the abyss before
they became fully human
and could discover love
and do good, victims on
our march to the music
of self-extinction.

*  (Songs on the Death of Children)

George Salamon lives in St. Louis, MO, where he did not grow up. Read other articles by George.