flags half mast, rain wet
we mourn for our children
red stripes on the flag

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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  1. I love free verse, and micropoetry such as this; yes we mourn our children, and I fully understand your meaning in this creation. Ann

  2. Heartafire says:

    beautifully sad.

  3. This is filed under “sad but true,” and inadvertently, you pointed out another sad truth: People seldom bring flags in out of the rain, which is not proper. Not that I’m a flag-waver…

    We are losing an entire generation of people… not just those who die in Afghanistan, Iraq, or anywhere else, but the ones who come home fragmented in body and/or soul. That rain, for me, is symbolism for God’s tears as well as ours. Thanks, Amy

    • Wow, Amy–such a deep, in-depth response. You so got where I wanted these spare little lines to lead. I would not call the poem patriotic by any means… Just murder sanctioned by the state, or sometimes remembered by it.

  4. Alice Keys says:

    Has there been a new horrible school killing that I’ve missed or is this just about our regular everyday garden variety American life-style drug gang murders, vehicular-homicides, flying-robot bombs, home-firearm “accidents” and childhood suicides?

    Wow. You really got straight to my heart with this one, Susan. Thanks for the reminder.

    • This is loss of a garden-variety type, but what a bitter harvest that is, and it is daily. We did, however, have a school secretary STOP another horrible incident, with nothing but her kind nature, faith, and words. Incredible story.

  5. BroadBlogs says:

    America crying.

    Great imagery.

  6. nelle says:

    Are there words that carry a sting more than ‘mourn for children’?

  7. claudia says:

    the red stripes almost feel like blood here… it’s so terribly sad…

  8. brian miller says:

    how very sad. i saw where they hit 1 million child refugees yesterday….
    the blood of children—so very sad…

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