Rizwan Saleem


Lend Me Your Tears - Poem by Rizwan Saleem

Lend me your tears
For I have none left
I was crying the day before
For the dead in Iraq
I was crying for the little boy
Who washed up on the shore
Then I cried some more
For the dead in Beirut
I sobbed and wailed for Syria
Lend me your tears
I have shed my own
And given them away too
I saw a mother put her children to ground
She did not cry, she never made a sound
So I gave her my eyes
To borrow for a little while
But the sight was still the same
And there are always others to blame
So I walked a little more
To dry my tears and hide
I saw a little girl
Her dead father by her side
Lend me your tears
She said
I have none left to cry
I’ve been here now for two days
My father doesn’t rise
Lend me your tears
I cannot see the different flags
The tri colors or bi colors
Bleed in the east, or bleed in the west
Kill them here and blow them up there
The pavements and roads filled with the dead
The congealed and sticky blood
Will always be red

Topic(s) of this poem: grief , loss, sadness

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Following the attacks In Paris, Beirut and Iraq.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 15, 2015



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