Israeli jets hurl rockets at Tyre,
the Queen City of the Sea, formerly known as Sur.
She has endured against the Assyrians,
the Chaldeans, the Persians, and the
hated Crusaders who defiled her land.
Israel forgets that David was once friend and ally
of this seafaring people and makers of purple cloth
whose city was visited by Herodotus.
Ancient Tyre was reduced to rubble when its people
stood up against Alexander the Great;
Once again, it stands strong,
against the onslaught from Israel,
Gone are the lovers who walked peacefully
in this country skirting the blue Mediterranean.
Now there is only mourning
under the great sad stars at night.
Luis L. Tijerina