I am also watching a war on Twitter

by Brendan Strong

We watch TV in the evenings, my wife and I

(I am also watching a war on Twitter)

We scan channels for distraction with tired eyes

(Pictures of children as conflict litter)


My wife and I wonder about the kids’ future

(Despair of trapped children cannot be unseen)

The mystery of their destiny we cannot pre-figure

(In planned chaos, there’s nothing foreseen)


We agree, my wife and I, we must leave it open

(“Seek refuge!”, they were told “you must go there!”)

They are free to make or find the way they’ve chosen

(But there is no refuge under wide open air)


In their innocence, these children are the measure of our intent

(In their innocence, these children are the measure of our intent)