SkyStreak, photo, poem and all text © Irene O’Garden 2013
The Horse, Us
Hoofprints in my fledgling heart embossed.
Prancing crazily down Pennsylvania Avenue:
the barely-restrained emblem of all gone wrong.
The horse, us. Our rider tossed.
The boots reversed. Turmoil
unbridled. Vigor entombed.
Is childhood always quite so roughly lost?
The Earthrise of emotion has her cost.
Fifty years ago this week, I and many others felt a new, simultaneous public awareness: feelings link us not only to those we know, but to people everywhere. The collapse of grief across the nation and the world, and the broadcast of it united us like the picture of Earth from space a few years later.
Today’s children take this awareness in stride, which is the pearl at the heart of this sorrow. And with global communication and broadcasting literally at our fingertips, amazing expressions of healing abound.
One is taking place in Dallas just now. For the Dallas Love Project, Pulitzer-prize winning illustrator Karen Blessen called for and gathered thirty thousand pieces of art. In a temporary installation, she and other volunteers have placed them along the motorcade route and throughout the city. Remarkable what inspiration and communication now create.
Publication News: Am delighted to share the news that A Slant Of Light, the anthology of Contemporary Hudson Valley Women Writers has been awarded The USA BOOK NEWS 2013 Best Anthology:Fiction. I’m extremely proud to be part of this book!