White Helmets

An original poem by Nicole Edry

 Dedicated to all the lives lost + devastated by the ongoing Syria conflict


look away

there’s nothing to see here

the conflict in Syria

is just one more

socially strained segment

soaked in fluff

+ presented as news

not a ruthless brute force ripping away

life, bones, blood + hope

from people

whose only crime

is daring to live

and even more despicably,

wanting to do so

with souls that are free

but since we already have ours

we can’t be bothered

to care

so we change the TV

to something

easier + shinier

Turn Your Head.

You Are A Witness,

Not A Bystander.

tear away

the gilded guilt-ridden

blinders of complicity

+ the suavely polished mask

of cultured indifference

we have played this game already.

pretended not to know

when they were rounded up in camps,

driven down in the streets,

shot quietly in the woods

in the name of progress

we can no longer don the

artificial rose glasses

of willful ignorance

the entire world is exposed,


+ the bravery of a few

is not enough

to redeem

the silent cowardice of many

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