Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Iraq War Grief Daily Witness Day 36

Bomb attack victims lie in a hospital in a hospital in Hilla, about 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, March 7, 2007. Insurgents killed 149 Shi'ite pilgrims heading for the holy Iraqi city of Kerbala on Tuesday, including 115 when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in one of the deadliest attacks of the 4-year-war.


After the Diagnosis

by Christian Wiman

No remembering now

When the apple sapling was blown

Almost to the ground.

No telling how,

With all the other trees around,

It alone was struck.

It must have been luck,

He thought for years, so close

To the house it grew.

It must have been night.

Change is a thing one sleeps through

When young, and he was young.

If there was a weakness in the earth,

A give he went down on his knees

To find and feel the limits of,

There is no longer.

If there was one random blow from above

The way he's come to know

From years in this place,

The roots were stronger.

Whatever the case,

He has watched this tree survive

Wind ripping at his roof for nights

On end, heats and blights

That left little else alive.

No remembering now...

A day's changes mean all to him

And all days come down

To one clear pane

Through which he sees

Among all other trees

This leaning, clenched, unyielding one

That seems cast

In the form of a blast

That would have killed it,

As if something at the heart of things,

And with the heart of things,

Had willed it.

from The New Yorker magazine, March 12, 2007 (p.74)


RubDMC said...

for peace

ask said...

I witness.

anniethena said...

For peace
I witness

moira said...

For peace.

musing graze said...


Crowds of pilgrims held their hands in the air and bowed their foreheads to the ground, chanting prayers outside Karbala’s Imam Hussein shrine, 50 miles south of Baghdad. Iraqi television channels streamed live video of noontime prayers at the shrine.

Millions of pilgrims have traveled to Karbala over the past week, and more than 340 people died in violence since Monday - most of them Shiite pilgrims killed in sectarian attacks along the way.

Security was tightened around Karbala on Friday after authorities received an anonymous tip about possible suicide bombers sneaking into the city, said Abdul al-Aal al-Yassiri, head of Karbala’s provincial council.

Four million pilgrims were attending rites Friday, he said.

Wasim said...