Again

*There are international news reports poison gas has been used by government forces in Syria-August 2013; Bristo Square is within the main Edinburgh University campus. In August it is used for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Chemical gas to kill

Then it was Iraq now Syria;

Edinburgh Festival

Walking through to The Meadows

Visiting the university

Each time in Bristo Square

I remember her and the photos

The dead and the empty streets

She was a student from Iraq

I, a history undergraduate in the Enlightenment city

 

Wars and conflict or struggles                           

Are inscribed not in the chosen words of books

But in the eyes of the living left

For dead or their families.

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