Monday, January 22, 2007

Today at least 100 people died in Iraq

From this picture on the BBC website.

I do not know much about the politics of this place
but I see you
holding your child
and he looks like mine.
The same Adidas stripes
the same socked feet
the same band of pale skin
where the sweat shirt gapes
and I hope so much
that he sleeps in your arms
that tomorrow he wakes
smiles and stretches
- as if from a bad dream.
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6 Comments:

Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Oh yes Clare that is so heartbreaking - I avoid newsreel pictures as much as I can - it's an ostrich approach I confess. It's just ... how much can we bear to see?
Your poem is both sweet and bitter and sums up the anguish in a very powerful way.

I loved your description of the party in an earlier blog - I knew you'd enjoy yourself ;) I think I believed your interest in people would win out - introvert or not. All the same, I think you are very brave - believe me I know how fast your heart would have been beating!

Tue Jan 23, 06:37:00 am  
Blogger Jan said...

I like the detail" where the sweatshirt gapes".

Tue Jan 23, 08:38:00 am  
Anonymous Clare said...

Thanks CB and Jan - this was just a reaction - I looked at the photo on the website and this is what came to mind in the few seconds that followed it. It is not really meant to be anything artistic- although I've written it in the form of a poem - I just wanted the event marked in some way. 100 people died. The photo made me think for a while about that. I think I have become desensitised to the horror going on there because it has been going on for so long but when I saw that picture I felt I saw something so universal - that son could be anyone's son.

Tue Jan 23, 08:59:00 am  
Anonymous marly said...

Hard to walk, the world's such a broken, jagged place. Keep putting the little pieces together; maybe someday it will make sense.

Tue Jan 23, 02:20:00 pm  
Blogger Lee said...

A salutory reminder not always to focus on our own, sometimes petty, concerns.

Tue Jan 23, 03:08:00 pm  
Blogger Tammy said...

This was very moving Clare.

Tue Jan 23, 06:53:00 pm  

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