Annette Morgan

CALL TO PRAYER

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: December 11, 2004
Awarded: December 11, 2004
Sitting in the living room
Watching a war on TV,
Needing to make a poem of this
But the words won’t come to me.

Minarets and spires
Glow in the waning light
As bombs begin, signaling night.
I hear above them a haunting wail;

An ancient call to prayer
In an ancient city, in an ancient land.
My heart cries out
Tears run down my cheeks,

And I wonder that for which he prays:
A horrible death to the Infidel
Or for an end to bombs
To bring ever-lasting peace.