Fay Roberts

Flipside
for Jude Cowan Montague and those she saw. We see you.

What must they think of us? 
Hands up, wailing,
Caught between arguments
That mean nothing to our day-to-day.

Bodies spin in dust and blood,
Throats raw, mouths stretched
To silent screams,
Exhausted by tragedy.

Pick up the pieces,
Stretch out hands to those
Too far gone to see them,
Heads sunk to heaving chests
Get on with another day in hell.

What must they think of us?
Hands up, wailing,
Baffled by arguments
That mean nothing to our day-to-day.

Heads spin at images of dust and blood
Clenched jaws stretch
To silent yawns,
Exhausted by tragedy.

Click on the pieces,
Stretch to electronic pats for those
Too far away to be real,
Heads sunk to comfortable navels
Get on with another day in heaven.

Jude works as a Media Archivist and, at the time of writing, was sifting through images from the July 2014 conflict in Gaza. The first line comes from a social media status update she made…

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