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The War in Colors

Recorded for Poem-a-Day on September 19, 2017.
About this Poem 
“Twenty years after I left my country (Iraq), I returned in the summer of 2016 to interview Yazidi people who escaped Daesh (for the sake of writing my new book). One of the survivors pointed to his village on a big map on the wall. He mentioned that these colors of nature on the map, in reality, turn to one color, the color of dust. Then later, when a journalist colleague showed me a digital map of U.S. military bases in the area, the poem turned on like a light.”
—Dunya Mikhail
 

The War in Colors

The digital map on the wall

displays the American wars

in colors:

Iraq in purple

Syria in yellow

Kuwait in blue

Afghanistan in red

Vietnam in green.

The war

on the map

is beautiful

smart

and colorful.

Copyright © 2017 by Dunya Mikahil. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on September 19, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2017 by Dunya Mikahil. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on September 19, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.