Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Birthday

Memories trespass
into her thoughts
with the unexpected word
the intrusive image…

CNN reporting live from Baghdad
where there is a sense of liberation
the first wave of bombings
absolutely stunning to see.
            …taking her back to D-day 1944
            her 24th birthday
            the beaches of Normandy
            stained red with the blood
            of boys she grew up with.

On the television screen
an ancient city disintegrates
into an expanding mushroom cloud
against a ghostly-green night-scope sky.

            Of course, collateral damage
            is to be expected
            when liberating people.

A lone birthday card lies before her, unopened.

text & photo by leh