we tend to
why do we?
how can we?
then now here there
strangers in our souls
like bats in dead trees
I had been trying to put some words to humankind’s ongoing legacy of unspeakable crime when I came across Jane Dougherty’s William B. Yeats quote prompt:
‘…the dark folk who live in souls
Of passionate men, like bats in the dead trees.’
(from ‘To some I have talked with by the fire’)
(Bats are quite at home living in crevices under the bark of dead trees.)
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27, an international day for remembrance of the largest genocide in recent human history in which 6 million Jews and millions more were murdered– sadly not the first nor the last genocide or binge of crimes against humanity. I hope we never forget and that we tirelessly uproot all causes of such cruelty.