Poem by Argos MacCallum
young girl with a thousand names
stands in the doorways of Yemen
long skirt billows in the breeze
young girl stands in the jaws
of war and hunger
no rain but bombs fall from the sky
she clutches her headscarf
confronts the camera level-eyed
one eye steeled in the pugnacity of life
the other convulsed in horror
the roofs fall on the uncles
the walls crash onto cribs
the ground erupts in blisters
under the shrapnel sky
the young girl is our grandmothers
hands past and future clasped
together in a star-lit continuum
a long procession of endurance
loss and love
Argos MacCallum has published two chapbooks of poetry-- She Loved Gravity and Would Fall Down Exquisitely Anywhere (Synergetic Press, 1987), and Sleeping Woman Mountain (Kelsay Books, 2022). His poems have appeared in Malpais Review, :Lummox Anthology, and PoetryXHunger. He lives in Santa Fe, NM.
10/6/2022 02:10:47 pm
Argos, you place your poem in Yemen, war torn, 'hunger,' so linked to war zones. And ends on a possible up note or noting the strength it takes to survive a long war. You directly link "war and hunger' in line 2, stanza 2.
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