Signs of These Times

Carol A. Hand

Greeting the morning
as another fighter jet roars overhead
in the periodic practice flights
to stay ever-ready for battle


Watching moving afternoon shadows
glide over the snow-laden garden
as my neighbor’s flag moves
rhythmically with the wind
blocking the southwestern light
from the long-awaited winter sun
emphasizing the precariousness
of these troubled times
when killing for power, oil, flag, and country
is easier than conflict resolution and diplomacy


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Let the voices of children touch our hearts
and their dreams for their future point to way


(Heal the World (by Michael Jackson) – kids artist)

24 thoughts on “Signs of These Times”

  1. The more things change, the more they stay the same. I clearly remember writing such poetry (some of which remain in my files) as a teen in the 60’s, and singing similar anti-war songs, attending protest rallies and sit-ins, desperate to end a vicious, pointless, utterly racist war – Vietnam at the time – and here we are again, going full bore into another utterly pointless, murderous, totally racist war to kill innocents and profit the war industry.

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Trace. This was one of the poems that came to me and would not let me rest until I wrote it down and posted it. The message felt too timely and important for me to ignore… (I had planned on working on the syllabi and online content for the 2 classes I’m teaching that begin in less than 2 weeks! As a procrastinator with lots of practice, though, there’s still time to get them done.)

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  2. I feel as others here do and cannot add anything, as they have captured it for me. On this day, a snowy one here, the darkness pervades my being. Yet, I know that remaining hopeful (while honoring my despair), especially in the face of all of the death and destruction on our planet now, is the best I can do to offer support and remain connected to the loving energy which is in the hearts of so many more of us. 💔❤️

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    1. Thank you for sharing the challenges of balancing “reality” with what we know could be with such eloquence, Carrie. I often think of Parker Palmer’s description – “life in the tragic gap.” To feel the suffering and witness the cruelty around us and still do what we can to breathe a little kindness into the world is not an easy task. Yet I see you transform suffering into wisdom repeatedly in your posts. 💜

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      1. Oh…dear Carol. Thank you for your kind words. I often wonder what my offer to the world is. You have just offered me something I had not fully considered. I am deeply grateful for this. You are a very wise woman…and I’m honored to benefit from your wisdom. 💕

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Chatou. The children are amazingly gifted singers with a most important message. Sadly, too many in power don’t seem to care about the mess they are creating for the next generations.


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