Of Medicinal Malice and Momentary Humanity: A #TankaTuesday (on a Wednesday) #TankaProse

Children wait at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua State, Mexico on June 20, 2018. Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images


Somewhere in south Texas, a child cries. Uniformed men pulled him from his screaming mother’s arms, and brought him far away. He sits by a cot, surrounded by other crying children.


behind bars   the mockingbirds everyone ignores


Somewhere in Washington DC, a senior aide to the President of the United States looks at a polling report, and smiles. He contemplates the necessity of a strong response to the crisis at the border. One could be forgiven for wondering whether he views the seperation of children from their parents as chemotherapy battling a longstanding tumor.


“Suffer the little children to come unto me”   forgotten


Everywhere in the nation, and around the world, the images of children in cages, the sounds of screaming mothers. The mounting pressure, as the wise tremble for their country realizing God is just, and outcry arises from every corner. It’s enough for the architect of this medicinal malice to relent, saying, “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated … ”


summer sunset

the struggle of family

to survive

how we fight to admit

our shared humanity



for dVerse poets’ Tuesday Poetics–Medicine (pubtended by Paul Scribbles)

Kiwinana’s #Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 101 – Family & Survive

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Human (posted by Susan)






19 replies »

  1. Yes. To admit our humanity will require more than opening doors. It will require memory. I love tension that point to this. Well might we fear justice from God. I would welcome mercy.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is just so sad. I mentioned an idea to Sherry about every poet from across the world on WordPress writing and posting on the same day, at the same time, poems that express our feelings about this barbarity. I’m just not sure how to go about it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wherever children are affected by inhuman acts- in war zones, in occupied territories, in places so far away we barely know them… I wish the world finds a collective spirit to help them so they are safe with their families.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sadly we don’t want to share the world we have but build up walls and punish those that ask for asylum or a chance to contribute to our nations. Often we have destroyed countries, making them politically unstable and poor forcing the citizens to search for a better future. Humanity it appears is in decline.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s