Sunday, May 18, 2008

One Single Impression: Bleeding


This week's prompt for One Single Impression was "bleeding." Afraid that took me to dark political places and not very good poetry. I hope I haven't broken any copyright laws with the second image which is the poster of Bush's face made up of a mosaic of faces of those who have died in his "war." Afraid the state of the nation, the state of the world makes my heart bleed but I wasn't able to put it into poems very well this week.







26 comments:

Quiet Paths said...

Actually, I thought these were very appropriate considering Memorial Day is coming up soon. I really liked your play on bleeding heart liberal. These are necessary thoughts. BTW your link on OSI is not working at least for me. Peace, friend.

the teach said...

Raven, I'm bowled over by the first haiku! Incredible! :)

Raven said...

quietpaths - thanks for letting me know about the link and for your kind words.

the teach - wow. Glad you liked it. Not in a good head space this morning, so an incredible is a great ego boost for me. Thanks.

SandyCarlson said...

I'm with Quiet Paths. I especially like the play on "bleeding heart liberal" followed by the very delicate one of this flower. Thanks for going into the dark world of war for us.
Writing in Faith: Poems"

qualcosa di bello said...

as a student of history, i have always struggled with the idea of a war as 'civil' too. even though i know the technical meaning implied, it just doesn't seem right.

Raven said...

sandycarlson - thanks... this is just one of those days when I hate everything.... That bleeding heart done that way looks kind of like a medal doesn't it? I didn't notice that until I read your comment... which didn't say it, but made me go look at the last two juxtaposed against each other. Hmmm.

qualcosa di bello - It really is ironic that such a bloody war - and an INTERNAL war should carry a name with two such opposing meanings.

andrée said...

Oh Raven, the first poem, to me, is stunning and true. You are right. Why have they died? Nobody seems to know anymore; yet more have to die to justify the death of others? How ridiculous is that? I never saw that collage of Bush. I hope he has seen it. I hope it is up on his wall. I hope he can put names to each person there.

SnoopMurph said...

Bleeding heart liberal. Wow. I am enjoying and finding a lot of reflection in your haiku (s).

Sorry I have been just so incredibly busy and I know once school ends, I'll be able to get back to my friends in the blogosphere!

Andrée said...

hi again Raven: I took the liberty to delete the incorrect link so that nobody would click it. I'm glad you saw that and fixed it. I never knew how to do that until a couple weeks ago!!

SnoopMurph said...

P/S Check the sc2toggers link-Cindy posted about our mom's night out. :)

Roswila said...

Yes, "no war is civil," and I too am proud to be a bleeding heart for our world.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

These Haiku are great Raven. I have thought so much about those parents bleeding tears in the past few years. When my son was born I wondered if he would have to fight in the Vietnam war. Now I worry that my Grandson may have to fight in this war. SAD

Pam said...

Living in the land that has never accepted its defeat, I have wandered through the battlefields with my husband. When you stand at Shiloh and look into "Bloody Pond" and see the burial trenches, it is very apparent that no war could possibly be civil. And, unfortunately, war could never lead to peace, only further war.

Raven said...

andree - I don't understand war myself. It never seems justified to me, just stupid and ugly. As for Bush, I don't think he has the decency to recognize or truly empathize with the loss of others. Maybe I'm to hard on him. I wish he was in prison for his crimes against the nation. I'm ashamed that he hasn't even been tried. Oh, - thanks for deleting the broken link. And thanks again to quietpaths for pointing it out to me.

snoopmurph - good to see you. You have such a full plate that I'm honored you find the time at all. Thanks for telling me about sc2toggers. It was very funny. Missed you at wordzzles.

Raven said...

roswilla - Hopefully the tide is turning and liberalism will be recognized for the good it carries and we will get out from under the slander of Republicans who have shown their true colors (and true talents) the past 7 years. (I apologize to any Republicans. I used to be an independent; now I'm an anti-Republican bigot.)

lisa at greenbow - It all just makes me so sad and angry that any young men should be damaged - whether psychically or physically but this insanity. I hope it is soon behind us and that your grandson and children for 7 x 7 generations never see war again.

pam - "the land that has never accepted defeat," wonderful (if sad) phrase. I still hold out hope that the peacemakers will eventually make their voices heard and that as human beings/citizens here and everywhere, we'll refuse to let any moron like Bush lead us into war ever again.

Dianne said...

Another proud bleeding heart liberal here!

You make me feel the world has a chance Raven. Thanks for that.

Pearl said...

Tis a strange name for the flower.

So long as a leader is followed, he leads.

Vixen said...

Raven, creative and moving haikus this week. The line "no war is 'civil'" really touched me.

Have a wonderful week.

gautami tripathy said...

You left me speechless with all those!

gardenpath said...

Amen to all of them!
Great poems.

texasblu said...

We just found bleeding hearts in our flower garden left over from the previous owners. They are a funny flower - but pretty. :)

zoya gautam said...

..you answer both my questions here..what poetry is about and what poetry is for..with words that talk..raven..many thanks..

Stacy said...

Yes, there were some really great lines here!

no war is civil

and

compassion is good

Simple and powerful phrases.

Thank you!

Patois said...

"Bleeding heart liberal" was the first thought that came to my mind when I saw the prompt this week. ('Tho I went with a subsequent one.) Excellent ku, all of them.

MyBellavia said...

These have knocked me over. Once again, excellent work.

storyteller said...

Each of these images with your words superimposed is a powerful statement of truth! The 1st and 3rd are my favorites ;--)
Hugs and blessings,