When I visited St Petersburg in 1990
The Russian Grandmothers wore black arm bands
with the intense need to tell a visitor
about 900 day siege of St Petersburg
100 thousand people starved to death
75 thousand bombs fell.
The Germans had all supply chains cut off
in the depths of cold winters.
Proud that they could suffer
Proud, 50 years later.
We don’t live with history this way
as if it’s a living thing.
My grandsons have no concept of war
And we want to say thank goodness
The responsibility to integrate the other
has the weight of war as part of its continuum.
One world takes work
The united whole takes work
A paper doll chain of humans
holding the hand of the other!