Written for: Friday Writings #27: Watching and Witnessing
(posted by Rosemary)
"Your prompt for this week (if you would like one) is to bear witness to these times we are living in, and how it feels to be living in them. How does it affect you, and/or how do you observe it affecting others?"
Aside from road rage,
and pandemic, there are
special people close
to me in my small
family that I have not
seen in three years.
I awake anxious, depressed,
heart racing. Many people
I speak with are suffering
in the same manner.
Now, war in Ukraine–
saddest thing I have
ever seen. I feel
and fear that we are
witnessing the end
of the world
as we knew it.
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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We don’t know yet it if it’ll be the negativity or positivity that will prevail, so I like to think. Good cheer, Rosemary!
Ha ha, this was posted by Sara, the blog owner. She is referring to me having posted the prompt at P&SU. But I’m happy to receive good cheer, particularly after last night’s Australian election result.
Dear Sara, I too have been inclined to think we might be seeing the ‘end times’. But the election here in Oz (what we Aussies call Australia – nothing to do with Judy Garland or wizards) has given me new heart. Maybe we CAN turn things around! Maybe we DO have enough time!
I hope you are right! (nothing to do with Dr. Oz either, I presume.)
It’s like I have two personas from week to week, month to month. The positive future, the what will happen to us future. Your poetry reinforced me, thanks!
Hope it wasn’t too depressing.
It does seem like a tipping point, all things happening at once… wonder if the future will be utter dystopia or if this is the chaos that will lead to clarity.
I’m rooting for clarity.
People say that, but I can’t figure out what makes the war in Ukraine so much worse than other wars a big powerful country has declared on a small one, and at least so far we’re not in it. Maybe because people really wanted to believe Putin was a Christian? Because defending Ukraine means defending a more socialistic regime against one that claims to be freer?
Meh. My blog is still Virtual Switzerland, taking no sides. I hope people come to their senses.
People in history have gone through horrible times. Humans never learn. We are very resilient though I have seen that when we had an earthquake here
After last nights news, I could not watch any news today.
The media thrives on bad news, so let’s not let them get to us too much. There are also good news too. The end of the world will come when one super power thinks it can defeat another super power in war.
The media thrives on bad news, so let’s not let them get to us too much. There are also good news too. The end of the world will come when one super power thinks it can defeat another super power. in war. (Sorry, I clicked on post comment and the comment just ‘disappeared’. I am not sure it went through)
I got it! Yes, the media can blow things up, or cover them up. You never know. I am on a 3-day break from the news, and loving it.
I feel and fear you are right, Sarah. :_(
Not something to be glad about, though.
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