The news has broken my heart; Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha had their lives taken away. There is nothing to even slightly justify what happened. I just hope to God that their deaths do not go in vain. This poem, which I had to write, is titled ‘Barakat’.
A blessing was robbed in the bright eyes of the sun.
Lovebirds were shot as they soared through the sky.
The gems were crushed; there was nothing to be done.
And the rivers, streamless and lost, flowed from her eyes.
But what you take away from this world, you cannot take from the next;
The blessing that was taken will forever remain in our hearts.
Do not worry, my child, it might just seem like a line of text,
But the words on the page proved to be sharp.
Inna Lillahi wa inna Illaihi Rajiun;
The light of eternity will shine forever on your face.
Your hearts will be reflected in the moon
As it cleans the evil that has taken shape.