People use fences for different reasons.
To keep something safe within, or
As a child we were taught, and shown
barbed wire fences with masses of people
Eyes sunken, hollow, dead yet, still moving
dressed in striped pajamas
men, women and children
all wearing skin over bones.
I listened as the world said:
and, totally believed it
until I saw those fences again in Bosnia
men gathered behind them beaten
skin and bones
sunken eyes, ribs all showing
speaking of brutal injustices
to them and to their women
and I cried
because I knew
nothing had changed
and because of man’s inhumanity to man
it will keep happening
again, again and again.
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*This fence has never left my mind.
Because of being closer to Europe the Bosnian/Serb/Croatian war 1992-95 was given a lot of news coverage on UK TV. When I saw the live footage of this guy in a Bosnian/Serb camp…I cried. Although the Bosnian Serbs denied it was a concentration camp it sure looked like one to me and to everyone else. I had always believed that after the mass genocide of the second world war it would never be allowed to happen again and yet, there it was.
Yes, I wept for the loss of sanity, compassion and love of fellow man.
Shared with With Real Toads Mary’s Mixed Bag: Fences