“The Children of Aleppo”




Reading this morning the never ending terror and violence done by Muslims in Europe and around the world makes me wonder where it all will end.  Obviously in Civil War and then probably in WWIII.  The real victims of war, civil war, etc., are  children.  It is always the children who suffer the most.  In our hatred for what adults do, we must remember the children who are innocent of such terror.

Lady Nyo

The Children of Aleppo


There is no childhood in Aleppo.

There are little martyrs-in-the-making

Where 5 year olds and 8 year olds

Wish for a ‘family death’

Where they can die together

With their parents

Where they live in peace in Heaven

Never tasting the fruits of peace on Earth.


There is no childhood in Aleppo.

The children haunt the abandoned houses

Of friends who have fled the city.

There they find abandoned teddy bears

While looking for guns for the rebels, their fathers.


“Oh, the poor thing!”

A dead canary in his cage

Abandoned by its owners

They flee the rockets, bombs

And mortars.

In the face of daily death

The sight of this bird

Evokes a child’s sorrow.

But the gunfire outside continues

(They are used to the noise)

And huddle in the pockmarked

Halls until safe to scatter.



The children of Aleppo

Have no teachers, doctors.

These have fled the cities, schools

But they still pine for ice cream,

For music in the streets,

For curtains not torn by violence,

For books and toys

And gardens and flowers,

For friends that have not died

Innocent blood splattering

The dirty cobble stones

At their feet.


The children of Aleppo

Are free and children again

Only in their dreams,

And perhaps, if you believe so,

After death.


How do you put back the brains

Of a child in the cup of the shattered skull?

How do you soothe the howls of the mothers

The groans of the fathers in grief?

How do you comfort the left-alive siblings?


The children of Aleppo

Have no future as children.

Suffer the little children here,

They are the sacrifice of parents

And factions,

And politicians

All with the blood of

10,000 children

Who have died

In a country torn

By immeasurable violence.


The beautiful children of Aleppo

Like children everywhere

Still want to chase each other

In the gardens, on playgrounds,

Want to dance in the streets,

Want to pluck flowers for their mothers

And they still pine for ice cream.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2014-2016







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14 Responses to ““The Children of Aleppo””

  1. Liras Says:

    Beautiful poem about such ugly reality, Lady N. Doesn’t look like the violence will cease, anytime soon.


  2. ladynyo Says:

    No, it won’t, Liras. It is so complex, and it is a plan. Perhaps not so complex….it’s aim is to destroy and demoralize, and children are used and discarded at will.

    Savagery at its worse and the children of these countries will pay the ultimate price.

    However I feel about the adult Muslims and their attempts to create chaos and destruction in their ‘host’ countries, the children dragged there and the ones who can’t escape the bombings have my full compassion.

    Lady Nyo

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  3. phoartetry Says:

    While reading, I had a lump in my throat. So unbelievably sad, my heart goes out to not only the children, but their families too.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Well, this poem came about when I saw a documentary on the children in Aleppo. The visual images were so sharp and poignant there was no escaping a poem. Many of these children were scouring the buildings for weapons for their fathers to continue fighting …..whatever forces were out there. So, they were put in the front line of fire by their parents. It’s a complex issue, but regardless….there is no ‘normal’ childhood in Aleppo. Over 10,000 have been killed already, and it seems to all involved that children are just collateral damage in warfare.

    Thank you for reading and your heart felt comment.

    Lady Nyo

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  5. Liras Says:

    Agreed, Lady N. I wish I could offer a counterpoint but I can’, as what you said is true. This is madness and we are living to witness it.


  6. phoartetry Says:

    I look forward to reading more of your poems.


  7. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Connie. I am so taken with your art. I will look further into your blog. It is delightful.

    I am a painter, a watercolorist, but the vast majority of people who read my site never even see the paintings on top. LOL! I try to fit my paintings to my poems, but that doesn’t always work out.

    You might like “Olsen’s Pond”, which is a few weeks on blog. I write generally narrative poetry and frankly had to look that up when I was told that I write narrative poetry. LOL! I would be curious as to what you thought about Olsen’s Pond.

    And thank you, again.

    Jane (Lady Nyo)


  8. ladynyo Says:

    I think we are mostly waking up to the threat that looms over the world. There are so many issues, and you can’t just put your toes in the drink. We will drown in the issues.

    But people are so divided as to the threats we are living under. I think that this in part is because our nation has never been invaded. We have never suffered like Europeans have during the two world wars. Perhaps our nation is so fractured by so many social issues that we can’t pull together. But we will realize too late that the treat that looms has every intention to divide and conquer and is taking full advantage of this right now.
    What further worries me is that there are demigods out there (Trump for one) who ‘seems’ to be answering the residing fears, but if you really listen, it’s blunderbusting. There is no finesse at all. He’s a populist jackass, and a scary one at that, but look at the rest of the field. Jesus.

    It took me 3 years, but I finally finished “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”. I see such parallels in Germany, Europe in the 20’s and 30’s with todays political and social issues. Short of all out war, can anyone come to a different conclusion? It will start in Europe…in the forms of civil war, and then?

    Lady Nyo


  9. phoartetry Says:

    I definitely will read “Olsen’s Pond” and pay closer attention to your watercolor paintings.

    I also write poetry, short poems, Haiga, haiku, tanka, sentry and Haibun. I can understand about trying to fit paintings to your poems. I fine it difficult too.

    I joined a group called AllPoetry (online). It’s a world-wide side. I never wrote poetry, but while recovering from three intense surgery in one year, I had to keep my mind busy, and so I joined this group. They have free courses there on almost every form or style of poetry. So I decided to take a few courses on the different forms of Japanese poetry. I’m a person of few words, and so that’s what I write.

    I also take photographs and try to find my poems to match my photos.

    I look forward in following your blog.



  10. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Connie~ I, also went to poetry during a time of great stress and illness. It passed, but the poetry stuck. I also studied Japanese poetry and wrote a lot of tanka, haiku, etc. I find the concentrated sentiment good and satisfying. A couple of years ago, I was asked by a poetry group, d’versepoets.com to do a presentation on tanka. I did, and it’s on my blog…parts one and two. You might like it.
    There are so many forms of poetry, some in style and many not, but I just read as much as I can. That is, in the end, for me, a good path to follow. As for the watercolors, thank you! I do a lot of birds, besides landscapes, and I love your sharp insight and detail.



  11. phoartetry Says:

    Is this another painting you did Jane? If it is very nice.



  12. phoartetry Says:

    Jane, I just got on your web blog and saw all your paintings posted there. Are all of them yours? You are a very accomplished artist. Thank you for sharing them here. I enjoyed seeing them.



  13. ladynyo Says:

    Yep…these are all mine….most of them wc, some oils. Thanks, Connie….


  14. ladynyo Says:

    Thanks, Connie. Doesn’t show up here, but I gold-leafed the back of one of the hummers…..but the painting is wc.

    Thanks again, Connie, for reading and your comments.


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