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Author: Beate Sigriddaughter Murray
Age: 54
Location: Denver, Colorado and Vancouver,B.C.

Beate Sigriddaughter has published short fiction and poetry in literary magazines and ezines. Two of her stories published in 2004 were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Beate is currently in the editing phase of a novel about women's experiences with war.

November 30, 2003 - Iraq

How many women are weeping tonight,
clenching their hearts in despair
over the shreds of husbands they have
lately kissed, lovers and sons they have
cradled, now feasted on by flies?

If someone had slain my lover last night,
my heart would shriek into a thousand pieces,
would slash at all life with the blood
beat stop of disbelief. I can feel their raw
hearts pumping, unbridled, in mine.

And I stagger here for the love
they can no longer feel,
begging you, world, for peace.

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