echoes of loss

another geography, another stretch, another gathering, another call, another re-call

we gather for Peshawar
we gather for Mpeketoni
we gather for Ferguson
we gather for Mandera
we gather for Gaza

we gather for the ungeographies of slow death, fast death, silent death, unseen death, unbearable death

we gather names, ages, faces, occupations, dreams,
we gather loss, desperation, anger,
we truncate

we gather in prayer
we gather in song
we gather in silence
we gather in defiance

we call and re-call, as each geography calls out to another, each death resounds in another, each loss echoes another

these are the echoes of loss