i dreamt of you last night

you and going to war.

the desperate math

the last stand of so many patient bodies in the shahiqa
as Death knocked
on the floor-to-ceiling windows.

and you
curling your fingers into your children’s

cradling them in your body’s empty spaces.

parentheses keeping out the cold.

you made them a promise

you would not go before you even had a chance to

the sun rises
the day breaks
the way mortar breaks bricks break bodies break

your bones still whole

birds with nowhere left to go.

mother, you wonder what the people in the planes see..

About the Poem

Inspired by the current occurrences in Palestine. I woke up in a cold sweat a few nights ago- I had fallen asleep thinking about this article and dreamt about the mother shown in the picture. Watching her from above.

About the Author

Vaidehi Bhardwaj was born and raised in Southern California and currently attends the University of Virginia in Central Virginia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in {in}Visible Magazine, ARCHER Coalition, IRIS, and V Magazine. She can be bribed with blueberries, milk chocolate, or Costco peppermint bark.

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