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This Day

This day I close my eyes
I ask for peace but no
I find darkness
I hear the noise
Of silence broken by shots
Hatred become flesh
Hearts filled with fire
Kindled anew in the service of deities
False and imagined
Yet they follow their images
To the altar of sacrifice
Souls lit aflame
Peace a single sheet
Once pure now ash
Floating on winds that carry
Remains of humanity’s hopes
Dreams become wisps of smoke
Trails in night skies
Inseparable from clouds
That mask the moon’s light
Living in shadows
I ask for peace
Now that darkness consumes
Sunrise awaits
I hear the call of dawn

(Avi Sato, 2019)

This work was written for the celebration of remembrance of victims of the Shoah, the Holocaust Memorial Day, 2019.