The Colour of Our Prayers

While we pray for Paris,
let’s remember to pray for more than forty dead in Beirut.
And while we count the dead,
let’s remember those who died at a funeral in Baghdad,
killed by a suicide bomber too.

As the world unites with symbols of
the Eiffel Tower and teardrops,
let us not forget the green cedar on the Lebanese flag
and the red and white representing peace and sacrifice.
Let us remember that red and white
are colours on the Iraqi flag too.

Red white and blue are the colours of France
and the colours painting social media
as the world unites in grief and mourning.
While we pray for Paris,
let’s remember to pray for everyone else.

And while we count the dead,
let us not forget
that beneath country and flag and skin and symbols,
all people have the same
red blood and
white bones.

About Vered Talor Arnon

this isn't about me. this is about you. you're beautiful, and the world is burning.
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