Sunday, July 22, 2012

The sacrifice

I took this photo at the war musuem in Ottawa. It is hard to visit a place like that and not wonder about the sacrifices that people make - both those that go off to war, and those that remain behind in hope. To a mother that has lost a child, what value is there in a memorial?  Hard thoughts to ponder, with no easy answers...

[ f/6.3, 1/160, 44mm, ISO 800 ]

sacrifice

how much light 
will need to shine
before we allow 
women in all places 
to bear sons and daughters 

 instead of soldiers 

 and sacrifices 
too often glorified?


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15 comments:

  1. Mario, that is a beautiful image and poem from an atmospheric museum. The statues seem to yearn to be outside, in the daylight. Their deaths left a sombre generation to sit by the fireplace and remember.

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  2. Such a powerful question. It brought tears to my eyes.

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  3. It's always been this way, hasn't it. The only way it will ever change is when the world discovers once more that love and nothing else is the answer that would cure most of what ails we humans. Lovely thoughts and photograph too. Sad subject.

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  4. Good thought and a powerful question someday deserving a meaningful answer

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  5. Lovely picture and a thought provoking question ~ This is a sad reality ~

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  6. the answer is blowing in the wind?...

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  7. "....to bear sons and daughters instead of soldiers...." yes, wouldnt that be wonderful? BEAUTIFULLY written. Profound.

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  8. How true -- sons and daughters are so much better than soldiers. For us, and for the world. Annette @ http://hoofprintsinmygarden.wordpress.com/

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  9. This is so true. I go with Abin...the answer is blowing in the wind. When will we ever learn?

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  10. More light than will ever exist, probably.

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  11. A really deep and though provoking question - and beautifully written.

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  12. A bloody good question. Can we stop mothers giving birth to politicians? That would help!

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  13. I look forward to your photographic poetry, or poetic photographs each week. This poem is captures the yearning, the eternal questioning and the weight of parental sacrifice with style and poignant brevity.

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  14. Sobering to think that even with all our collected knowledge and technological advancement we still feed some of our most barbaric impulses. This is absolutely a beautiful, poignant, plea to humanity.

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