08 April 2017

Bringing the Nightmare Home

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Source: Image by Javier Zarracina (4/7/2017)

Don’t bring us more bad
news. Unless it’s true.
Us. Them. They killed
unmercifully, so
we retaliated
with “kinder” death?
And then joined the blame
game, swiftly shifting
shells—shaping the news
to each advantage.

Yet, there's no safety
in a killing spree.
We will sleep no more
in this hole bombs dig.
We have few springs left
for planting olive
trees, curing the oil,
taking up the branch,
and offering it there
beneath the peace tree
where sit First Peoples.

They who saw gun and
chemical ruin say:
Bring only your prayer.
Join in constant prayer.

(April is International Poetry Month.)

My blog poems are rough drafts.   
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© 2017 Susan L. Chast


Martin Kloess said...

U.S. forces bombed an Afghan hospital in Kunduz, killing 42.
"Unless it’s true."
"Bring only your prayer.Join in constant prayer."
For the dawn of peace

Mary said...

Yes, we must join in constant prayer, bringing only our prayer.
It does not help to drop bombs...it is only a smoke screen...a show.
The retaliation for what? And why does he want these same people
banned from our country? The world should not be impressed.

Thotpurge said...

As long as greed and power are winning, lives will continue to be lost... sadly.

Julian said...

For me, you've written a really good piece here.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

If prayers worked, wars would have vanished long ago. Man is inherently warlike it seems.

Loredana Donovan said...

Let's pray for peace, Susan. Thank you for putting this in perspective. The map was helpful too.

Old Egg said...

There are so many ways of solving a problem without bombs. However it is a way to make your own citizens be frightened and vulnerable.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Peace will never be won by war. It just won't happen. Like your poem so eloquently shows, killing to stop the killing only means more death. I do hope the world listens... and removes its finger from the trigger.

Truedessa said...

We must be vigilant and send positive intentions into the world, we need them now more than ever if we are to survive for generations to come.

annell said...

A wonderful poem, you deserve a couple of Peeps and a chocolate bunny!

Gillena Cox said...

Amen to that call to constant prayer

Thank you for dropping by my Sunday Standard today

much love...

indybev said...

A somber recount of current events. Well written. May prayer prevail.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I cannot disagree with a single line of this poem, nor choose one - all is quite profound.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Responding with bombs to chemical attacks will further nothing but more bloodshed. Disastrous. I love "Bring only your prayer." I think the world's women need to march for an end to war.

ayala said...

Watching the news is heartbreaking....I want to turn it off but I know that I must watch.

R.K. Garon said...

Prayers and action through example.
Palms on the pathway for us carrying what is in our hearts.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Let us hope and pray for peace.. sigh.. poignant write.

Cressida de Nova said...

I agree with Sherry. Women of the world should unite to bring an end to war.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

There are those leading cloistered lives of prayer who believe that their praying is the only thing standing between the human race and destruction. I tend to believe them.

Wendy Bourke said...

Timely and impactful ... a powerfully drawn protest. "We have few springs left for planting olive trees ...": a brilliant, loaded line.

° said...

"... there's no safety
in a killing spree.
We will sleep no more
in this hole bombs dig."

My favorite section.


Myrna R. said...

I pray constantly in hope for miracles. Though I do other things too, I trust my prayers as being my most effective peace tool. Lovely write Susan.

kaykuala said...

They who saw gun and
chemical ruin say:
Bring only your prayer.
Join in constant prayer.

Just a prayer to bring everyone to their senses. Now all in their minds are vengeance. And worst it'll be at many fronts with elements of surprise!


Sumana Roy said...

well said...i don't understand one thing WHY should one leave one's own country to bomb others? the bombers, the gun-sellers will never pray...sigh...

april-pad-challenge-day-9 said...

You point out the most obvious: destruction brings only more destruction. So few understand this reality, so we must continue to bring it to their attention. Thank you,


Bekkie Sanchez said...

What a mess this world is in. So sad.