a cherita for Yemen

We starve

our homes razed
by airborne terror

I hear the roar
dust scorches my chest
Death missed again


© 2018 Ontheland

This is written in response to a radio interview this morning from Yemen.  I was looking for a story to tell with a Cherita, a poetic form recently featured by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. No poem large or small could capture this unfathomable situation…three years of a foreign-backed war, millions of lives and dreams destroyed:

…what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Since 2015, a Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen against Iranian-allied rebels.

The UN says the war has killed more than 10,000 civilians, displaced some two million people and pushed millions more to the brink of famine.

~ The Canadian Press

12 thoughts on “a cherita for Yemen

    1. Since I am not hooked up to mainstream TV, I was holding back the fact that I hadn’t really been aware of the extent of war in Yemen. In fact when I first tuned into the radio interview I thought they were talking about Syria.


  1. Janice, your poem is beautiful and deeply felt. This terror that fills the earth seems so
    impossible to comprehend. The why’s don’t have any answers.
    I have dealt with these thoughts in two posts too and felt the impossibility to ever know and
    describe an evil beyond belief.
    Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

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