21/30 Poems in November: Do Something


A boy carries a girl after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr on April 18, 2014.

Boy with an oxygen mask.
Chlorine gas attack.
He’d been in a neighborhood
looking at the planes.
One dropped a barrel.
Then he was coughing.
Now he is crying.
Doesn’t know where his siblings are.
Asks if he will die.
Babies in incubators with tiny masks
over their mouths.
The hospital is hit.
Rubble and dust.
Do something.
Do something.
Do Something.



Q: What is #30poemsinnovember?

A: A literary fundraiser for Center for New Americans in Northampton, MA.

The Center for New Americans welcomes and serves immigrants in Western Massachusetts with free English classes and a range of support services. Participating poets aim to raise $30,000 over the course of the month.

Writers do their part by writing one poem each day in November. Friends and family do their part by donating to support this effort. Powerful new poems and financial contributions translate to community support for immigrants.

Please consider making a donation of any amount to help me reach my personal goal of $500.


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