One Child – for Right2Write Prompt 9 Stop Terrorism

Sand Sculpture by Sudarshan Pattnaik

Sand Sculpture by Sudarshan Pattnaik

The death of one child
is the death of the world

Sand arising as mother earth
shakes off her despair
and hungers for an artist’s vision there

Reptile brain awakens
flooding the system
with fear and alarm

The eye watching over us
blinking so slowly
means us some harm

The death of one child
is the death of us all

The universe turns
slow and elliptical
creating and recreating itself through pain

Grasping for a victory
or a vengeance creates
blood on blood

Devastation fields
Streets of fallen limbs
Nothing is good

The death of one child
is the death of the world

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

For Right2Write prompt 9 at

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23 Responses to One Child – for Right2Write Prompt 9 Stop Terrorism

  1. Skye says:

    Amen, Helen…..well said!!

  2. Reblogged this on Amanda's Words / starfire8me and commented:

  3. Please stop – loved it, and the refrain makes it work so well

  4. May I reblogg this one on my blog?

  5. ioniamartin says:

    That moved me to tears. But…well, this is you we are talking about.

    On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM, helenvalentina

  6. howanxious says:

    So well said… Powerful writing! The aftermath of a terrorist attack is harrowing. The death of one child is indeed the death of world, death of humanity. You touched me deeply through this piece. I am so glad you participated in the prompt.

  7. This is so powerful, tragic, an moving wow So much wisdom is this Helen

  8. Reblogged this on Björn Rudbergs writings and commented:
    Read this… so important … read

  9. words4jp says:

    So sad – a tragedy – written beautifully.

  10. Maggie Grace says:

    Very powerful. True for children being terrorized everywhere including their own homes.

  11. douryeh says:

    Reblogged this on Daily Observation and commented:
    Very true.

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