here, well…I didn’t think it possible. I carried those photos around so long.
And now we’re laughing, Hussein balancing himself against the van door –
he needs more than his stick these days. We made it together with the old men,
the women, the children, those who scrape through the gaps of war.
We sit on chairs with hugs and conversation for family, friends and those
we don’t know so well. God bless this land, we don’t want this to happen again,
Hussein tells the young.
Jude Cowan Montague is a writer, artist and composer who lives in London. She works as an archivist for Reuters Television. Her first collection of poetry, For the Messengers was published by Donut Press in 2011. Her second, The Groodoyals of Terre Rouge will be published by Dark Windows Press in 2012. She makes musical improvisations on Reuters stories and these are available on the Parisian based netlabel Three Legs Duck. Visit her at http://www.forthemessengers.co.uk or http://judecowan.tumblr.com.