A Distant Recollection

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Once upon a time

loving kindness

that orphaned daughter

of some forgotten martyr

from a far off constellation

just waiting to happen …

Once drifting so fine

in my distant recollection

a brother lost

distracted by an attraction

to the stranger of danger

and the mother of all crime

Becoming a pawn

in that never ending

murderous game

of worldly power

and territorial gain

the soldier of misfortune

now marching to the tune

of a traumatized mind

On the dirty street corner

sprawled upon yesterday’s paper

used and discarded

“Can you spare a dime?”

scrawled on a sign

The whole Earth is our father’s land

Loving Kindness … once upon a time

Words and Image;
~ David B Redpath © 2018