Oh mother city
City of love and mercy
How long must you carry this sorrow
This pain in your chest

Daily they kill your citizens
How broken
Your heart is with sorrow
How large your grief

Oh my poor city
Brutality goes on and on
Death, murder in your streets
You witness the genocide of your children

I smell fresh blood all over you
Feel your pain in my bones
Your green dress is red now
Your happy face is faded away

All I can do for you is pray
Asking God for a better destiny

By Shafiqa

Photo by Joe Calton