this diary is dedicated to all who suffer because of war and other disasters

we honor courage in all its forms

cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, and My Left Wing.

image and poem below the fold

An Iraqi journalist (2nd from bottom, L) lies among the dead at a morgue after a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad January 23, 2006. A suicide car bomber attacked a security checkpoint in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding six others close to the Green Zone government compound, police said. Police said the wounded included three civilians and three policemen. REUTERS/Ali Jasim

Daylight Savings
by Maura MacNeil

allow the raven who shatters the windshield
on the river road, harried and confused

by the change of our schedule, to remain
feather tossed and broken in struggle

without need to erase what we commit
because what is done is done.

allow the river beside the road to toss brown
and do not name it with your denotations,

and allow the fear last night that slowed the car
without will the name of raven killed today

the name of what you do not yet know.
do not hold a brown river with bird

and falling leaf in a photograph to name it:
the day of river after rain.

do not name air that strips the trees wind.
do not move into it wanting its name.

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put a meaningful magnet on your car or metal filing cabinet

read Ilona’s important diary at MLW – Returning Vet PTSD – One Soldier’s Story as well her comprehensive series on PTSD and Iraq War vets.

view the pbs newshour silent honor roll (with thanks to jimstaro at booman.)

take a private moment to light one candle among many (with thanks to TXSharon)

support Veterans for Peace
support the Iraqi people
support the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC)
support CARE
support the victims of torture
remember the fallen
support Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – TAPS
support Gold Star Families for Peace
support the fallen
support the troops
support Iraq Veterans Against the War
support Military families Speak Out
support the troops and the Iraqi people
read This is what John Kerry did today, the diary by lawnorder that prompted this series
read Riverbend’s Bagdhad Burning
read Dahr Jamail’s Iraq Dispatches
read Today in Iraq
witness every day

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