Change

 This image is one of my favourites. It was taken during the war in 1992 in Sarajevo in the partially destroyed National Library. The cello player is local musician Vedran Smailović, who often came to play for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that funerals were often targetted by Serb forces.
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By Mikhail Evstafiev (Mikhail Evstafiev) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
This image is one of my favourites. It was taken during the war in 1992 in Sarajevo in the partially destroyed National Library. The cello player is local musician Vedran Smailović, who often came to play for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that funerals were often targeted by Serb forces. (Mikhail Evstafiev)

Sooner or later
Change grinds away
The illusion of stability
Its dark gritty edges
Bring ruin and decay
But in a twisted way
It may
Topple and sway
Walls of suffering and oppression
Revealing the
Hidden courage
Of quiet souls
Letting the
Dim, slim hope
Of peace and renewal
Bloom from chaos.

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4 thoughts on “Change

    1. Yes, I agree, Ralph. This photo made me think about how surreal change can be. It is strange how change can have dramatic effects on an individual or many people, yet life goes on despite it. Some people adapt to change instead of giving up on their dreams in the face of adversity. I admire this musician’s dedication to play music at funerals even at the risk of his own life. He must love his music and his community too much to stay away.

      Thank you for your fantastic feedback and for liking this post and “Grass Geometry.” I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. 🙂 I am glad that you enjoyed my poem. I think most people can relate to a poem about change because change is inevitable and unpredictable. It can bring positive or negative effects or something in between.

      I appreciate your kind comments, and thanks for liking this post and “Grass Geometry.” I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Europe. 🙂

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