Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday -“compassion”  (posted by Xenia)

Children die every night
on television. When do you
register the fact that this
slaughter is real? Is there
any hope left in the hearts
and minds of those in the midst
of true horror day after day?

Tears well up in my eyes when
I see the state of those children–
wounded, malnourished, terrified.
What is their future?

free from its cage
yellow canary sings of spring
afraid to fly

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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23 Responses to suffering

  1. ZQ says:

    Well, you hit it right on the nail! Interesting and wonderful Haibun.


  2. Waltermarks says:

    It is so sad to see the face of suffering and it go unanswered. The Innocent die daily, en masse, and there is no count or end of their suffering. We will all have to answer.


  3. Jo says:

    This is so sad but written beautifully!


  4. rothpoetry says:

    How often we become jaded to the facts. We ignore what we feel we can’t fix! So sad.


  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the ending of the haiku with the canary being afraid to fly but singing of spring.


  6. kanzensakura says:

    Powerful. The innocent die en masse. I cannot save these children across the world from me. I try to save those near me.


  7. Your haibun is full of compassion Sara and your closing haiku mirrors the fear of the future for the children so well – a beautiful and powerful write xxx


  8. kim881 says:

    Your haibun has put into words the feelings I had on Sunday when I saw an appeal from an international children’s charity, Sara, and the haiku is beautiful.


  9. I love the haiku… that canary is so real


  10. Vivian Zems says:

    The canary singing brings up images of it reiterating your words. We’ve become jaded to violence and tragedy. How sad.


  11. MarinaSofia says:

    It is indeed very hard not to feel the burden of collective guilt that we are not doing more to help those children. Beautifully expressed!


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