for the boys whose hashtags did not appear on my timeline
The 6 Palestinian minors killed by Israeli security forces in the Occupied Territories in 2018 so far:
— 'Abdallah Ayman Suliman Irmeilat 14 years old killed on 17 Feb in Shokat a-Sufi, Rafah District, by gunfire.
— Salem Muhammad Suliman Sabah 16 years old killed on 17 Feb in Shokat a-Sufi, Rafah District, by gunfire.
— Layth Haitham Fathi Abu Na'im 16 years old killed on 30 Jan in al-Mughayir, Ramallah and al-Bira District, by rubber-coated metal bullets.
— Amir 'Abd al-Hamid Msa'ed Abu Masa'ed 15 years old killed on 11 Jan in al-Bureij R.C, Deir al-Balah District, by live ammunition.
— 'Ali 'Omar Nimer Qinu 17 years old killed on 11 Jan in 'Iraq Burin, Nablus District, by live ammunition.
— Mus'ab Firas 'Abd al-Ghafer a-Sufi 16 years old killed on 03 Jan in Deir Nidham, Ramallah and al-Bira District, by live ammunition.
how your eyes must have sparkled; how your lungs must have bloomed
how little we knew of you
how much someone knew of you:
mothers sisters fathers friends
how you were loved, dear hearts, how you were loved
how disposable your bodies were
like you were made of rubble, not of flesh
how i had to find you online
how i had to know to look
how frightening your names were, dear hearts
how hard to pronounce
how cliché your deaths were, dear hearts
how easy to miss
how dead my heart feels, to write this useless poem
how i open my chest for you, crack my ribs wide like reaching branches: here,
here is unoccupied territory. there are years for you here, decades for you to find
how i wish your names were burned into our eyes, dear hearts. how i wish you mattered-
how you matter, dear hearts, how you matter.
how the heavens give you grapes now, dear hearts, how they give you breath to fill
your godsent lungs blooming once again
Fargo Tbakhi is a Palestinian American writer and performer in Phoenix, Arizona. He has work forthcoming in Spy Kids Review, and tweets @YouKnowFargo.