Let the Tears Fall

Lahab Assef Al-Jundi  (لهب عاصف الجندي)
                                              Arab Spring, 2011

This year
I’m so waiting for spring
Not the usual
I’m tired of the cold and wish for sun
This year
It is different
I’m craving the utter force of change
I want to witness
Earth cracking
Ground moving in a million ways
I want the old to die
Revolutions to transform
Poems to flower out of blood-soaked dirt

This year
I want peace to be the violent birth
Let tears fall
After death has had its way
Let spring roar like a thunder river

Photo by Melanie Rush Davis

Lahab Assef Al Jundi (لهب عاصف الجندي)

was born, and grew up, in Damascus, Syria.  He published his first collection A Long Way in 1985. Assef’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary publications, and many Anthologies including: In These Latitudes, Ten Contemporary Poets, edited by Robert Bonazzi, Inclined to Speak, An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, edited by Hayan Charara, and Between Heaven and Texas, edited by Naomi Shihab Nye. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, with wife Sara and two cockatiels Yoda and Princes.