Babo Kamel

The Earth Lost its Sweetheart Today

Anxiety is off the chart today.
They’ve come to steal our art today.
Aleppo’s children are crying today.
Their mothers must try to depart today.
They want to lock out the Muslims today.
Tear husband and wife apart today.
A man tires of his life today.
He leans on a broken cart today.
We swim in the tears of tomorrow today.
Drown in a stranger’s heart today.
The sun is down on its knees today.
The morning’s afraid to start today.


Babo Kamel's poems have appeared in literary reviews in the US, Australia and Canada. Some of these include Painted Bride Quarterly, Abyss & Apex, The Greensboro Review, Alligator Juniper, The Grolier Poetry Prize, Contemporary Verse 2, Rust +Moth, and Mobius, a Journal of Social Change, and 2River Review. She was a winner of The Charlotte Newberger Poetry Prize, which was published in Lilith Magazine and was recently nominated for a Pushcart. For the past year, she has been working on a series of poems focused on the paintings of Marc Chagall.