Poetry Friday: Separation

Thanks to Amy at The Poem Farm for hosting Poetry Friday.

Michelle H. Barnes has interview my poetry mentor, Naomi Shihab Nye this month. Squee! Her poetry challenge is to write a poem about an unanswerable question. I began with something else and this appeared to me instead.



the children
exist in cages
no parents
singing songs
or comforting their fears
unanswered questions

©jone rush macculloch

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9 Responses to Poetry Friday: Separation

  1. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    So much anger and heartbreak. Love to you, Jone. Love to these families.

  2. What a sobering, contemplative poem, Jone. I’m sorry I didn’t realize you had this up since Friday—I’ve been slow to PF this weekend, but I’ll share it now. Feel free to give me a heads up next time. 🙂

  3. haitiruth says:

    It’s unanswerable, all right. Thanks for wrestling with it. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  4. Kay Mcgriff says:

    So many unanswered questions. Thank you for asking and reminding us to stay vigilant in seeking answers and justice.

  5. Strong poem Jone, “unanswered questions” hold so much importance, and need responses and actions now, thanks.

  6. Tabatha says:

    Well done, Jone.

  7. Ramona says:

    Oh, Jone, unanswered questions, indeed. These words are so poignant:
    “…no parents
    singing songs
    or comforting their fears…”
    I have such a lovely memory of our shared evening with Naomi Shihab Nye in Bellingham. It was delightful to bump into you.

  8. lindabaie says:

    And I’m wishing that certain people would ask themselves some questions. You’ve written the concern poignantly, Jone.

  9. Unanswered questions indeed. Thank you, Jone, for keeping these families in view in our minds and hearts.

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