Written for: Poets and Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #32: I Am Explaining A Few Things (posted by Sanaa)
Your Challenge today is to write inspired by the title of Neruda’s poem. Feel free to address the current world situation, or perhaps delve into a memory of your own. Challenge the reader, surprise us with humor and wit, go solemn and dark or perhaps tender and romantic. The possibilities are endless!
There are always wars purportedly for peace. My father was in World War II, the Great war of the Greatest generation. My husband was in the Viet Nam war, the one government officials deemed 'conflict'. If blood is shed on both sides, it is not a conflict. Soldiers come home broken physically and mentally. Some are homeless. Where are those people who wanted their glory vicariously? Where is the help? We carry scars of September 11th. We mourn the dead in an arena of fear. Now we fight an unseen enemy–unpredictable disease. Guns and soldiers are useless here. Pandemic rages and ravages without end in sight. If this war on disease ends, we may finally treasure health above all. https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/