Arlyn

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HOW MANY MORE...
TAL AFAR GIRL

“Tal Afar Girl”
reads the caption
in the press
but I called her
“Stop the War! Child”
because I thought
naively
when this picture of her
spattered with the blood
of her parents
mistakenly shot
by American troops
appeared in the media -
it would be over

The collective American heart
will weep with her
The insanity of war
with its real victims
will be seen
Now we will stop
this outrage
or so I believed
over two years ago
We’ll rally to our senses.

This picture still screams
as the nightmare goes on

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