Sunday, July 11, 2021

dark side of the moon #7

sometimes love can transcend other worlds...

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dark side of the moon #7

Somewhere in Palestine, 2021

The children were playing Hungry Hungry Hippos when the soldiers stormed into the house. They stopped & watched the soldiers searching, knocking over things and do not understand what they were looking for. The elder boy tried to calm his sisters. Earlier, their father had gone out to the market to buy the hippo game, when the children said they wanted something to play. He had came back an hour later with the game, told the eldest son to look after the sisters, and had gone out again. And then, the soldiers came.

★ ★ ★

We are in body armour, helmets, loaded rifles. Spare magazines. Man, they are just three kids playing a Hungry Hippo game. What are we really searching for? There was really nothing much in the house. Except our boot marks. Wait, this new box for a children's game, where have we seen it before? Why yes, half an hour earlier. They had shot a man who had ignored an order to stop. He was carrying a same boxed game in a plastic bag.


This post was inspired by a video made by a Palestinian man. He made a video of how a simple magnetic fishing game, which he went out to buy earlier, could take his children's minds off all the shelling and the rockets outside. He was also seen comforting his daughter when a blast hit a building nearby. Tragically, the man was shot and killed a few days later while out in the streets...

David Gilmour - In Any Tongue

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Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

This terrifying, heartbreaking, infuriating... and so many other things. War is a messy, disgusting business. Your poem shows the senselessness of the thing. And how, too many times, the innocents are the ones who pay the highest price.

11 July, 2021 23:43  
Blogger indybev said...

What a heart-breaking story. The horrific collateral sadness of war is phenomenal.

12 July, 2021 00:46  
Blogger Marja said...

oh wow that's nasty. Having my detective head on The dad already delivered the game as the kids were playing with it so it can't be him?
It does hit home that some kids lost their dad

12 July, 2021 14:44  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


yes, the innocents are the ones who pay the highest price... :(


Thank you.
it is. :(


yes, that's one way of looking at it, that the box of game is merely coincidental.
the other way is... dark.

12 July, 2021 16:13  
Anonymous Ron. Lavalette said...

Ongoing and intergenerationally expressed. An intriguing & totally engaging write. Thanks.

12 July, 2021 20:23  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Ron.

yes, an ongoing mess & dilemma there...

12 July, 2021 20:43  
Blogger colleen said...

Those details and the juxtaposition make this really work. Chilling snippet scenes. What if?

12 July, 2021 21:50  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Colleen.
it is chilling, in a way..

12 July, 2021 22:05  
Blogger Debi Swim said...

I remember from my teens years a song "War, h'uh
Yeah! (What is it good for?) Absolutely (nothin) uh-huh, uh-huh..." by Edwin Starr

13 July, 2021 06:53  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Debi.
i went to youtube to listen to Edwin Starr's 'War'. yes, war, what's it good for, absolutely nothing. there are the other songs by CCR and CSNY.

13 July, 2021 16:03  
Blogger magiceye said...

Heart wrenching.

15 July, 2021 08:45  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

yes, it is.
Thank you, magiceye.

15 July, 2021 14:25  
Blogger Rajani Rehana said...

Mind blowing post

17 July, 2021 22:47  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Rajani! :)

17 July, 2021 23:53  

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