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(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

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A future Syria? From March 2013

When it is done
And tentatively
All appears well,
And a country emerges
From its battered shell,
How will you rebuild?

When you demolish
The broken cities and homes
Scrape off the rubble and debris
Bury the off fruits of intolerance
Recover unknown missing bones,
Strip clean the social fabric
And truck away old footings,
The old foundations will be exposed.

Will you look upon these foundations
With nostalgia and reverence
Dwelling in the past
Setting to work to restore the old
Righteous and blinded
Without haste or forethought
As is your right,
Or will you decide to build anew?

Perhaps taking time to plan
And design a better house
Shaping it deftly for tomorrow
Remembering the land
Upon which it rests
Is greater than a footprint,
Here acceptance may deliver
A stronger more durable home
For a family of diverse individuals,
Built on new foundations.

Danny Draper 13/3/2013

Submitted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013


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  • Elena Sandu (4/6/2014 9:41:00 PM)

    I have missed many great poems lately, how glad and lucky I feel to have found a precious one, thank you for share, Iwhat beautiful music to my ears:
    Remembering the land
    Upon which it rests
    Is greater than a footprint,
    Here acceptance may deliver
    A stronger more durable home
    For a family of diverse individuals,
    Built on new foundations.

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  • Susan Lacovara (10/23/2013 11:45:00 PM)

    A fair hand is needed for the rebuilding and restructuring...and a design, with sustainable strength...excellent, provocative and topical. Oh if poet's were the architects....PEACE

  • Heather Wilkins (9/28/2013 9:01:00 PM)

    a great write about the future of Syria let us all pray their future is bright.

  • Benjamin Michael Clark (4/24/2013 1:49:00 AM)

    Wow. It takes courage to talk about something so controversial. I think that's what made me love it so much. Really great stuff here.
    -ralph

  • Douglas Scotney (4/9/2013 9:20:00 PM)

    I'll answer my question: memory.

  • Diane Hine (3/20/2013 3:46:00 AM)

    Not just a poem about Syria, but rather a fundamental and crucial exploration of basic human nature. A moving entreaty for compromise, co-operation and compassion.

  • Douglas Scotney (3/17/2013 6:19:00 AM)

    what makes respect so hard to come by?

  • Anthony Di''anno (3/15/2013 10:47:00 AM)

    Another great write Danny. I just hope that the contracts to rebuild it do not go to the hidden hand that destroys it.

  • Valsa George (3/13/2013 7:49:00 AM)

    I don't know much about Syrian crisis, except that it is a country lying close to Jordan, Israel and Iraq and is afflicted by a number of internal issues! Building it anew from its shattered existence is something the world looks forward to. A powerful write Danny! Phoenix can rise from the ashes! !

  • Valerie Dohren (3/13/2013 6:15:00 AM)

    Build anew, as long as the design is good and the old foundations are strong enough. Great write Danny.

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