Little Fe(a)t

Across the road

in a small gathering place

elementary children sat

in woods conjuring

fantastic worlds beyond knowing.

While sitting on logs,

heroes pretended

with protecting swords

saving the weak.

One morning

a kindergarten girl

stole in the gathering place

imagining pretended fire

occupied logs

in a summit of conversations.

Realizing her solitude

imagining hands reached

the sky dissolving in-between treetops:

a confluence of man and nature.

A broken thought interrupted:

Why is it so hard to tell the truth?

Trees answered

understanding

beyond a single moment

representing all moments,

as witnesses of harm:

nothingness is easier.

Senseless harms

let houses burn

skies smoking war

or oceans disintegrate.

The winds howl,

shook branches

pointing to bystanders

with closed eyes

shielding fear, then

returning to circles

around fires

killing all things

outside the circle.

In the clearing across the road

in the small gathering place

children sit in woods

conjuring fantastic worlds beyond knowing.

Sitting on logs around a pretended fire

planning futures

pretend swords

protect damsels in distress:

heroes saving the dangered weak.

Monologue of a Medal

It’s an honor to be pinned here.

Salutes make my gold bar shine. Don’t ya think?

It’s bittersweet though. . . this moment.

Do you like my ribbon?

It has a story in it. . . a bittersweet chronicle of a person’s moment in time where instincts to cherish a life was more important to self-interest.

The place I rest is with the living but most instances. . . means people have died.

Can you see my colors clearly? Their symbolism?

Red for valor – I know it usually means blood, but I hate it when people say that red is a violent symbol – blood’s a natural element – part of the human condition. . . for me it represents beauty in the powerful and courageous actions of the person who wears my ribbon.

When people get all up into it’s political meaning, they steal its true value?

My white’s faith and purity. . . always a favorite. . . but really, I at moments question whether anything can really be that pure.

I suppose giving a life for a life is that pure love.

The ultimate selflessness.

But then people take the blue and use that as a means to debunk my value. . . caused controversy. . .using it as some political end to defend a political view.

Blue lives…black lives…yellow lives representing lived lives. . . yes. . . things endured. . . but all that steels my ribbon’s reminder of the courage and valor that made my medal represent a saved life.

My cross, held by these ribbons represent that act of protecting against the enemy of the state.

Protecting against those in our community that live to hate and hate to love all equal.

Resting on this chest of bravery and determination is my greatest honor because this person protects us from those hateful actors.

I represent what’s best in a person because this man or woman without thought took action. . . a selfless headstrong action into danger.

It saddens me when people throw us away. . . or stomp on us as if trying to blot out the actions of madmen.

Saving a life in wartime is not a symbol of hate.

My ribbon is not political.

It represents sacrifice…honoring a moment of selflessness.

A son…lost…a daughter…lost…the defense of a greater good.

There is value in it.