Monday, April 7, 2014

Headline Poem 4/7/14 -- not just a pixel on a screen

A drone's view (Photo credit The Atlantic

Today's poem is based on this article about a project that shows drone pilots the people they're bombing. I understand this topic has multi layers. This poem is really about putting a face to tragedy.

not just a pixel on a screen

like thunder that follows lightning
that follows thunder,
it's supposed
to be the
  starry       nights that quiet the
soul
whose soul? the squatter or the bug?
those who suffocate, or those who hide,
or those who run, with
or without
a gun
shooting blindly is
always easier
than putting a face to the name,
putting a face to the shame.
not just a pixel on a screen,
she is real,
even if not seen.