Civilian War

In the wake of terrible misfortune, gunshots sputter in the Middle East. 
Astonished spectators shutter at the suddenness. Before long, bodies
lay among the rubble. Pools of blood seep into the potholes.
Little boys, born into this world imitate the sounds of
gunfire as they skip barefooted through the dusty
streets. They pick up rocks and sticks that may
one day be replaced with guns and grenades.
Burka clothed women, weeping in
hollowed out shelters wish for
change knowing that
it won't happen
due to forces
beyond their