A selection of poems I’ve written about extraordinary places I’ve visited during my travels. History is marked by horrific events that we must remember and learn from. Humankind is capable of pure evil, but we are also able to forgive, love unconditionally, and unite for the greater good. These poems are dedicated to those who lost their lives in these tragedies, and to those who found the strength to overcome the pain and hardships that followed to rebuild their lives.
Dark light shadowed the way.
Dangerous cloud, a toxic time
History noted but learned nothing.
Circles of unthinkable pain
Wrought with dire determination.
Promise of fire and fury pledged
Echoes earlier acts of retribution
Imprinted upon collective
Consciousness. Safe harbour
Erased. Ruthless vow to win
Conveniently forgets the innocent.
Paper cranes of peace fly in freedom
From Hiroshima’s memorials.
Fragile yet certain, united strings
Bound together show resistance.
Never again we must say.
ORDINARY DAY: 9/11
An ordinary life on an ordinary day
Dream world interrupted by alarm
Rubbed my eyes, yawned, and stretched
Had a piss, took a shower, dressed
Grabbed breakfast on the go: a bagel
Morning meetings and decisions to make
R train downtown, not much room
Commuters suited and tied for business
Coffee from the cart parked out front
Brief chat with Madison on Reception
Pictures of growing children shared
Office life interrupted – plane impacted.
That look on her face. Eyes wide.
Screams erupted with fragments and fire.
Enveloped by smoke, no escape final.
Understood, refused to have no choice;
I stood on the ledge and I jumped
Filled with fear, watched by eyes below.
Captured by cameras, a frozen moment –
Extraordinary act on an ordinary day.
FADING SARAJEVO ROSES
Roses of blood, the petals drip
And twine with brutal certainty.
Marking souls that stood in line
For bread and life’s necessities.
Risen that day, observing routine
With ignorance and joie di vivre.
Zdravo, they greeted each other.
A hug here, a kiss there, shaken
Hand, exchange of tender noted
Moment of unison, touching.
Then the mortar struck –
Concrete open wounds evidently
Exposed now. Peacefully fading.