Blazing Ire

A woman fires a projectile with a homemade mortar during a demonstration in Managua, Nicaragua.

 

 

 

 

 

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Forgiveness

Libyan-Canadian artist Arwa Abouon, I’m Sorry / I Forgive You, 2012

History is pitted

with stories of pain,

mosaics of hurt and damage

They pattern the centuries, families and nations,

some acts too large to comprehend

Enmity creates its own elaborate motifs

dense, intertwined, calligraphic miscellany

It builds its own ornamentation

protagonists are reluctant to unpick

Yet

without forgiveness,

sores fester, molotov cocktails hurled,

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