Poetry: Anthony Wade

Anthony Wade
A Mother’s Grief 

Surprise, even hostility, followed my admission
of having also sought out and visited
a cemetery for the German dead during a
former tour of allied war graves in Normandy,

as though the German dead were not also
the sons of mothers, but given they were, that
their deaths should not be so respected,
their mothers’ grief be less deserving of sympathy.

Yet is the grief of a Russian mother any less human
than that of a Ukrainian mother lost their sons, and
can there be any children over whose graves
we should not stand, our tears not fall?
***


The Strength Of Small Actions

Among the big images of the war in Ukraine
are vignettes of people doing what they must,
like helping an elderly woman with shopping
through yet more rubble from another explosion,
small moments of unnoticed courage,
known perhaps only to the family,
as when with every far window gone
and her front door hanging by a screw
Grandma brushed her hair, stepped out and
polished the brass knocker and letter box,
as she had done every day of the years of exile,
the morning after an indiscriminate flying bomb
had rubbled four neighbouring houses in the night,
for more could not be done but something
had to be done, and now again many
are aware that life in its many guises
has somehow to be survived,
that small actions take courage,
grow bigger, bring strength,
even, perhaps especially,
when the many are dying.
*** 
***

Bio: Anthony Wade, a Forward Prize nominee, has published in poetry magazines in Ireland, Britain, India and the US (including Setu Bilingual), in print and online. Irish, he lives by the sea in East Cork and is an active member of the local Writers’ Group. twitter.com@anthonywadepoet: Anthony Wade, a Forward Prize nominee, has published in poetry magazines in Ireland, Britain, India and the US (including Setu Bilingual), in print and online. Irish, he lives by the sea in East Cork and is an active member of the local Writers’ Group. twitter.com@anthonywadepoet

No comments :

Post a Comment

We welcome your comments related to the article and the topic being discussed. We expect the comments to be courteous, and respectful of the author and other commenters. Setu reserves the right to moderate, remove or reject comments that contain foul language, insult, hatred, personal information or indicate bad intention. The views expressed in comments reflect those of the commenter, not the official views of the Setu editorial board. प्रकाशित रचना से सम्बंधित शालीन सम्वाद का स्वागत है।