Kerfe’s Day

From now on, April 31st will be known as Kerfe’s Day. This absolutely last prompt from the April challenge is Kerfe Roig’s collage Full of children. Thank you, Paul for extending April, and Kerfe for providing the excuse. Please visit Paul’s site to read all of the poems.

Song for the children

They spring from the heart,
those bright smiling faces,
from blood and bone and the watered earth,
and they grow in the grass
and the rain and the sunlight,
hummingbird-winged, colour of dawn.

They spring from the core
of the earth, stone-spun cradle,
nurtured by moonlight and light of the sun.
Let them reach for the stars
in the silence of night time,
for tree branch and moon at the top of the hill,

let them grow like the birds fly,
pups curled in the deep earth,
let their talents unfurl, petals cupping the light,
but poverty pays, and thereโ€™s money in wars,
so we weep phoney tears,
let their bright sunlight die.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

18 thoughts on “Kerfe’s Day”

    1. I know, I didn’t know it would end on that note, but these realities don’t go away because we prefer the photos of kids smiling to kids dying.
      It was a very fortuitous slip-up on Paul’s part, I agree!

  1. So lyrically beautiful and lilting – which makes the reality of the ending the more powerful, sad though it makes us. Such hopeful shining faces in this strange world we have made for them.

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