When I was torn by war
I took a brush
Immersed in death
And drew a window
On war’s wall
I opened it
For something
I saw another war
And a mother
Weaving a shroud
For the dead man
Still in her womb

Baghdad, 1990

Sinan Antoon is a poet, novelist, translator, and contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus. He was born in Iraq and moved to the United States after the 1991 Gulf War. His work, including Baghdad Blues and a novel, I`jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, has been widely published in Arabic and English.

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