Sunday, April 14, 2013

NaPoWriMo 2013 Day 14 ~ Caught Between War and Peace

 Another Margarita ~ Joaquin Sorolla

Neutrality breathes with asthmatic gasps
in air burnt from cannon fire rumbling
its demand for yeah or nay.

Caught between war and peace
life is only a bullet’s distance
from a poppy covered grave.

She prays for her enemies by counting links on her iron rosary.


©Susie Clevenger 2013

At Real Toads Hedgewitch has inspired us with the art of Joaquin Sorolla. I chose to write a sevenling. Sunday Challenge ~ Joaquin Sorolla

13 comments:

Marian said...

wow. susie! powerful!

hedgewitch said...

I included that painting because I thought it really stood out amongst Sorolla's works--you do more than do it justice here, Susie--the whole piece reflects the uncompromising nature(futility, waste, fear, loss) of war, and the sevenling is executed perfectly with that killer last line especially. Really a fine poem, and thank you so much for bringing it to the Garden.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

A fantastic write, Susie. "life is only a bullet's distance from a poppy covered grave."

Kay L. Davies said...

Your words are a devastating description of neutrality "caught between war and peace" — a truly amazing write, Susie, coming from a place of pain, not peace.
K

Grace said...

Lovely form Susie ~ You painted a gritty image from the painting ~ I specially like that last line ~

Ella said...

Wonderful interpretation~
You captured so much in this verse!
Bravo

Jinksy said...

Impressive interpretation..

Loredana Donovan said...

The last line is wonderfully spiritual ... you captured the feeling of the painting so well.

aprille said...

Forlorn and accepting. All portrayed in the most poignant phrases.You have such a gift and are making the most of it. I wish that I had phrases like that drift into my consciousness.
So sorry for what you all are going through.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You offer such a vivid interpretation of that moment, Susie. The atmosphere is palpable her.

Helen said...

The futility of war, the devastation ... your sevenling captures the emotion well.

Margaret said...

I was intrigued by the defeat in her shoulders, her set. Powerful poem, killer ending.

Margaret said...

I thought I commented here... but if not, I adored the ending. You captured her stooped shoulders and sense of giving up ...