Dear Aleppo

To Aleppo: The City of Song

 

To the city of sacred song

where music flows as blood

the world laments your travails

 

You once taught the world to sing

now the world turns harsh

and condemns your songs of praise

concerning itself of external politics

however, the melody stays the same

merely the tones and words have changed

 

You have been pillaged and rubble remains

the Ouds have been banished and replaced

by the harsh whisperings of banal weapons

shrapnel shots and flying bullets replace the Daf

giving rise to the numbering casualties of false music

 

To you, whom the world forgot until recently

the world regrets to inform you

help will not come from any means but sympathy

(and even that is in moderation) and so I suggest

that you change the war song to a song of the peoples.

 

To the city of sacred song

where music flows as blood

the world laments your travails

 

You have spread beauty far and wide

encircling the divine through your mystic songs

you have taught the world from ancient times

and still you teach the world the import of endurance

taking drastic and sporadic changes in like manner

ceasing never to death until you sang the song of life

So I request that you sing on and the world will hear!

 

Rise up and sing aloud for all to hear

the passions in the voice of your song

shall endear the cause of your tearful dirges

and be determined never to be separated

from your love and song, for life is a song

and so too is death a song devoted to life!

 

Cease not to sing your song, brothers and sisters

cease not, for to cease in the singing of life

is to endure the tragic loss of meaning in death

your songs, though grave they have now become,

hold truer devotions than the purity of our tears

let the wrath of percussive bullets come to rest

and the harmonies of forgiving hearts take over

allow the flowing nature of peace to take up your song

and reflect upon the recuperative waters of echoing memories!

 

To the city of sacred song

where music flows as blood

the world laments your travails

 

Echoes have finally landed on our shores

from the distant lands of mystical song

we have finally awoken to the tearful elegies

that the soul of song now sings

the world now joins the refrain of your song

igniting the visions of your holy song!

 

We now take up your call to sing

and in profaned melodies strike the band

tempting the world to let loose the intricate weapons

for the purity and sacredness of simple instruments

place the candle that lights life’s love

deep within the soul of your song and sing on!

 

Take rest in the wisdom that you dolefully sing

for the world of grandeur is built upon the ruins

and the blood that strife and progression eagerly pour

the beauty that was once your home cannot be deminished

not can the purity be blighted but sing on your song of life

and the evolution of your purity will come full cycle

as the world sits and watches and listens to your song!

 

To the city of sacred song

where music flows as blood

the world laments your travails

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