December 7, a day to remember

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December 7, a day to remember

Postby mammamaia » Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:43 pm

73 years…and counting:

tomorrow is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor... some years ago i was asked to read one of my poems at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration ceremonies in Santa Rosa, California... as you folks are my main audience at the moment, i'd like to 'read' it for you today, in hopes that it will have the same effect as it did on the audience that day...

i'm not posting it for critique, only in remembrance of all who should never be forgotten... all the innocents on both sides of a war who should never be made to pay for mankind's inability to get along with each other...

Motherly Love: Exercises in Futility

Each motherless child,
every childless mother...
I clutch you all to my ample breast
when war’s winds blow wild
and you have no other
soft place for your head to rest.

Each poor butchered bone,
every eyeless socket...
I wash you all with my endless tears,
would happily loan
what you need from my pocket,
but it’s been empty for years.

Each blackened tree limb,
every dying river...
I do what I can to restore your life
but I can’t stop him..
“man,” that Indian-giver,
from putting you all to his knife.

Each love that ends,
every heart that’s broken..
I gather up in these mother’s arms
as my own heart rends
wishing words, just spoken,
could save you from his cruel charms.

Each of you dies
holding hands or alone...
I’m beaten down,
my soul rage fills
when I hear your cries,
know no love of my own
can match man’s need for thrills...
so he kills... and he kills...
and he kills...

(In memoriam: 7 December 1941)
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Re: December 7, a day to remember

Postby Jowen » Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:57 pm

That's a beautiful poem, Maia. My heart, too, bleeds for all the people who died in senseless wars.
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Re: December 7, a day to remember

Postby LRosa » Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:15 pm

Full of feeling and so tragic. Very nice poem.
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Re: December 7, a day to remember

Postby mammamaia » Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:30 am

thanks, friends!

i only wish i hadn't needed to write it, and didn't still need to post it... :cry:

love and hugs, maia
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