Tag Archives: war

When you can

If you could, you would feed the birds of Kyiv, of Mariupol, the pipits and larks, the warblers and wagtails lost in the suffocating skies over scorched trees in which they once slept and nested. If you could, you would shelter the martens and voles, the hares and dormice who fled cratered homes, the incendiary […]

Somewhere do we sing

Let us be finally together in our calamities, at peace in our wars, at rest in our agitations. We are made human, first breath to last; one broken heart implies another. If  your words disappear, your thoughts fragment, I nonetheless hear all you cannot say. And somewhere, do we sing? Do we sing in our […]

Gettysburg

I tell you I was holy then. Soil rich and black as pitch air so moist every leaf could drink freely cows grazed my verdant flanks their soft dumb eyes innocent as daybreak people drank amiably at taverns built carriages made shoes tanned the hides of soft dumb cows gone to slaughter before slaughter became the […]

In Memoriam

They were names I didn’t recognize, names I’d never heard:  Alice Herz, Norman Morrison, Roger Allen LaPorte,  Florence Beaumont, George Winne, Jr.  Five Americans who, between 1965 and 1970, publicly self-immolated — set themselves fatally afire — to protest the Vietnam War. I am thinking of them on Memorial Day, when we traditionally commemorate Americans who gave their lives in […]

In memoriam

They were names I didn’t recognize, names I’d never heard:  Alice Herz, Norman Morrison, Roger Allen LaPorte,  Florence Beaumont, George Winne, Jr.  Five Americans who, between 1965 and 1970, publicly self-immolated — set themselves fatally afire — to protest the Vietnam War. I am thinking of them on Memorial Day, when we traditionally commemorate Americans who gave their lives in […]