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I don’t know why everyone
is still trying to find out 
whether heaven and hell exist.
Why do we need more evidence?
They exist here on this very Earth.
Heaven is standing atop Mount Qasioun
overlooking the Damascene sights
with the wind carrying Qabbani’s
dulcet words all around you.
And hell is only four hours away 
in Aleppo where children’s cries 
drown out the explosions of mortar bombs
until they lose their voice,
their families, and their limbs.
Yes, hell certainly does exist
right now, at this moment,
as I pen this poem. And all we’re doing
to extinguish this hellfire
is sighing, shrugging, liking, and sharing.
Tell me: what exactly does that make
us? Are we any better than the 
gatekeepers of hell?

They want us to be afraid. 
They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes. 
They want us to barricade our doors 
and hide our children. 
Their aim is to make us fear life itself! 
They want us to hate. 
They want us to hate ‘the other’. 
They want us to practice aggression 
and perfect antagonism. 
Their aim is to divide us all! 
They want us to be inhuman. 
They want us to throw out our kindness. 
They want us to bury our love 
and burn our hope. 
Their aim is to take all our light! 
They think their bricked walls 
will separate us. 
They think their damned bombs 
will defeat us. 
They are so ignorant they don’t understand 
that my soul and your soul are old friends. 
They are so ignorant they don’t understand 
that when they cut you I bleed. 
They are so ignorant they don’t understand 
that we will never be afraid, 
we will never hate 
and we will never be silent 
for life is ours!

Kamand Kojouri