KEEPING THE FAITH
Kibbe Hamudh is a traditional Iraqi dish
That the Christians of Mosul always
Have as their main meal when celebrating Christmas.
All across the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq
This meal was being eaten while
Candles were being lit for Christmas
And for those who would never celebrate Christmas again.
This huge area was part of Daesh’s Caliphate
Where Assyrian Christians were being crucified
Daily, in 2017.
They tried to break our spirit
By taking the ones we love.
Young western volunteers
Rushed to join the Christian militias.
These Assyrians of the Nineveh plains,
Were known to Roman geographers,
They still speak the language of Christ — Aramaic.
They have been resisting Muslim suzerainty
For 1400 years. To the jaded palates of the west
This is small beer and a long way from here.
True, thus far, we have only had a small
Taste of their fear,
Liberated Damascus and Aleppo
The spirit of the Orthodox Christmas,
Of Byzantium, of Constantinople,
Has prevailed over the Whabbi terrorists:
ISIS, Al-Nusra front, Al-Qaeda
Supplied and armed by the CIA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia.
Were again cut short by an Israeli bombing raid
On Christmas day, using civilian aircraft for cover,
Liberal Israeli media said in ‘mitigation’ for this sacreligious desecration:
“צר לי מאוד על ההתקפה הבלתי מוצהרת הזאת”
“We are very sorry for the undeclared attack.”
It didn't bring anybody back.