Mariam Taufeeq


What did we know...?


Before War,
What did we know of flight and day?
What did we know of fear and strife?
What did we know of rust and decay?
What did we know of the gun and the knife?
I'll tell you what we knew-
Nothing.
What did we know of blood and war?
What did we know of hatred and spite?
What did we know of hunger and pain?
What did we know of sour night?
I'll tell you what we knew-
Nothing.

But it seemed a necessity for us to know,
I curse that rule! That rite of passage! Oh woe!

After War,
What did we know of atrocity?
What did we know of arteries split?
What did we know of broken wounds?
And hearts selfishly ripped?
I'll tell you what we knew-
Everything.
But what did we know of joy and laughter?
What did we know of humanity?
I'll tell you what we knew-
Nothing.
And we will never know.

Submitted: Saturday, June 08, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 01, 2013

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