The crossing of road, the wading of tides,
the abated breath, the speaking eyes,
the valor of a helpless, the test of the land hither they flee or fear,
the earth too small to hold it’s children
the motherland has lost its motherhood
the innocent’s heart a victim of the battlefield for survival
Patriotism or Humanity?
Do or Die or Die to Do?
This poem is a sheer outcome of emotions that flowed after looking at this picture. A soldier, tasked to a battleground, succumbs to the helpless hands and eyes. The photographer, captured him offering a fruit to a kid. In that mini-second, the soldier, was put to choose between two beautiful causes – patriotism and humanity.
Why do we live in a world where the two are mutually exclusive? Who wins in this? Is this the world we proudly call home?
I tried to find the photographer and give him/her credit but couldn’t. Its taken from http://www.pexel.com.
Used for the writing challenge on Free Verse Revolution by Kristiana.