fields of strife

Fields of wild strife—

I see purple flower clusters,

fires raging in B.C., Greece, California

unending warfare in faraway places,

my good fortune singed with sorrow.


Note: I use ‘strife’ to refer to the purple wildflower, ‘loosestrife’, as well as for the standard meaning: conflict and struggle.

The poem is intended to be a Gogyohka, a modern Japanese five-line poem with fewer requirements than a classical tanka.

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #45 Gogyohka

a cherita for Yemen

We starve

our homes razed
by airborne terror

I hear the roar
dust scorches my chest
Death missed again


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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