Laura

—Jim Russo

Are you waiting for me to find you?

I haven’t seen you since the bombs

Bombs that killed people we knew all our lives

Where are you I don’t know, are you hurt I don’t know?

Searching hallways and lobbies, trying not to stare at the wounded

Are you waiting for me to find you?

Looking  for a familiar fabric, a color from home

Laura, oh Laura where are you my darling, please be safe?

It’s been hours since I saw you, so many bombs, so many bombs

There’s no home to go home to my darling

Our house is gone, our street is gone

Are you waiting for me to find you?

When will this end, when will this stop, when will the killing stop?

Laura, Laura where are you, did you run away?

Did you escape?

Are your scratches healed?

Did you wash in the river with mint shampoo?

Wash your dress and put flowers in your hair

Are you waiting for me to…

Laura, oh Laura where are you?

 

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