Afghanistan by Sarah Lindquist

birth

sweet baby

scented skull cradled

starfish hand raised wonderstruck

toward skies shining infinite potential

boy meets girl sensuous ruby pomegranate

flowing luscious juices beloveds throat wordless longing

nights velvet heart spurring passionate intent divine promise

warfare deployment boy leaves girl incandescent skies searing heat

girl paces bedroom pathways clean with neglect from lovers footsteps

warriors fight lone mountain passes invaders fall slashed burned

ancient well water drawn from stone hearted earth

wash blooded rubble from childs stilled limbs

acid tears blooming roses beloveds face

once cradled skull bone origami flower

breath exhales softly once gone

lifeless hand falling

sacrificed boy