Thursday, January 18, 2007

Iraq War Grief Daily Witness Day 1

Cayetana G. Palacios cries as her son, U.S. Army Corporal Eric G. Palacios-Rivera, of Atlantic City, N.J., is posthumously recognized with the Drum Major for Community Service award, during the New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission's annual King Holiday Celebration, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. Palacios-Rivera was killed in action in Iraq on Nov. 14, 2006. He is pictured on his mother's shirt.
(AP Photo/David Gard)

from Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus

by Denise Levertov

ii Gloria

Praise the wet snow

falling early.

Praise the shadow

my neighbor's chimney casts on the tile roof

even this gray October day that should, they say,

have been golden.


the invisible sun burning beyond

the white cold sky, giving us

light and the chimney's shadow.


god or the gods, the unknown,

that which imagined us, which stays

our hand,

our murderous hand,

and gives us


in the shadow of death,

our daily life,

and the dream still

of goodwill, of peace on earth.


flow and change, night and

the pulse of day.


RubDMC said...

For peace

god less force said...

love, light and peace.

blessings to you, RubDMC.

alohaleezy said...

For peace my friends, I am a witness.

wwaou said...

Thanks for your work on this. I have been following it for some time and it is meaningful and important that you publish the grief and agony that attend the war in Iraq. Americans cannot know the cost being paid by the troops if they don’t know the reality of the war.

Joan said...

For peace.

edsbrooklyn said...

For peace, for my children and for all children everywhere.

Thank you for continuing your work here.

Asinus Asinum Fricat said...

We are all witnesses! This insane war must end!

dancewater said...

I have a blog called Faces of Grief. It focuses on pictures of Iraqi grief, and I guess I am a major copy-write infringer.... but I found the pictures on Yahoo News and other sites were gone before you know it, so saving the link got nowhere.

I am not doing it for money or fame, though. Just to remember.

rogerdaddy said...

Keep Up The Great Work. I have added you to my favorites and will be checking in often. Thanks for reminding us about what we're fighting against and why we should not remain silent. Peace

anniethena said...

For peace, we continue the vigil.

morrigan said...

I witness

May there be
so we may
so there will be

"I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."
from Dirge Without Music
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

TXsharon said...

I will witness here and link from Bluedaze.

Thank you for your work.

Annie said...

One more day of grief and refusal to condone this war.

ask said...

Will continue to witness.

roses said...

For peace and consolation

moira said...

In peace and love,

thank you, Rub.

olivia said...


Abraham Running For Congress When I Turn 25 said...

Thank You

Man Eegee said...

Thank you for your service, Rub. Your diaries are a daily stop for me to meditate on the actions of war and peace around the world.


EconAtheist said...

Keep up the hard work, brother.

::candle here::

supersoling said...

For Peace

ooofest said...

From wader at DKos, hope through witness, for Peace.

grayday101 said...

Thanks for your service. I witness and mourn.

shermanesqe said...

For peace...

Thank you RubDMC.