this diary is dedicated to all who suffer because of war and other disasters
cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, and My Left Wing.
image and poem below the fold
Carlos Arredondo, of Boston, left, and Rose Gonzalez, of Somerville, Mass., who is holding her son Marcos, listen during a news conference after leaving a meeting with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and military families at the Statehouse in Boston on Monday Oct. 17, 2005. Arredondo, who burned the van of military officials in Florida after learning that his son Alexander was killed in action during 2004, and other military families met with Romney to urge him to seek the withdrawal of the Massachusetts National Guard from Iraq. Gonzalez’s mother is currently serving in Iraq.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
from Under Milk Wood
by Dylan Thomas
Look. It is night, dumbly, royally winding through the Coronation cherry trees;
going through the graveyard of Bethesda with winds gloved and folded, and dew
doffed; tumbling by the Sailors Arms.
Time passes. Listen. Time passes.
Come closer now.
Only you can hear the houses sleeping in the streets in the slow deep salt and
silent black, bandaged night. Only you can see, in the blinded bedrooms, the
combs and petticoats over the chairs, the jugs and basins, the glasses of teeth,
Thou Shalt Not on the wall, and the yellowing dickybird-watching pictures of the
dead. Only you can hear and see, behind the eyes of the sleepers, the movements
and countries and mazes and colours and dismays and rainbows and tunes and
wishes and flight and fall and despairs and big seas of their dreams.
From where you are, you can hear their dreams…
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Many thanks for your expressions of understanding and support in yesterday’s diary. I’m grateful, and not surprised.