Headline Haiku: War Is Not Healthy (for children and other living things) 2


A Hard Rain

has fallen shadowed
by endless endings, ghosts both
multiplied and lost


Yesterday Michael Kimmelman, in a feature article in the NY Times, noted: “Truth be told, no sane person wants to see these images….What’s happening in Aleppo is almost unbearable to look at….
Bana looks us straight in the eye and asks us to save her, please.
We have done nothing to help.
The very least we should do is look back.”


I’ve been working slowly on this embroidery, a companion to the first Syria headline haiku I did, because these images are hard to look at, hard to draw.  The first piece, above and below, was done over a year ago, September 2015.


We can turn our eyes away, but that will not make Aleppo disappear.

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14 responses to “Headline Haiku: War Is Not Healthy (for children and other living things) 2”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    An excellent and heartbreaking reminder. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jodi says :

    Oh Kerfe! Your compassionate heart shines through in your amazing embroidery work! It is so sad! I can so feel your heart breaking in these.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Janice says :

    Compelling haiku and artwork…recording a seemingly endless tragedy.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rivrvlogr says :

    Your words and embroidery resonate, which is both good and unfortunate at the same time.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. kestrelart says :

    I have not known how to respond to this tragedy, this massacre, this triumph for tyranny. Thank you for giving this voice.
    What can we do?
    Now the free world seems to be poised to embrace the perpetrators as our friends …

    Liked by 1 person

  6. outsideauthority says :

    Powerful work, hard to look at these too.

    Liked by 1 person

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