Damaged

[Inspired from a famous Great Depression photo by Dorothea Lange.]

 

She looked your way

Dorothea;

not at you

straight thru

Do you bear the scar

of her glare?

The windows to her soul

are dark

Deep wells

without wishes

Nearly as dead

as her dreams

Damaged child

sub-living in Shacktown,

Elm Grove,

Oklahoma, U.S. of A.

Nineteen-thirty

and ought six

Dust Bowl daughter

Child of the Depression

No smile

no frown

numb

A slice of bread shy

of starvation bloat

Her neckline descending

from her throat

Too thin

to fill her top in

Dorothea,

how could you look

immortalize her pain

and walk away?

 

 

© JW Thomas

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10 thoughts on “Damaged

  1. Mary Cathleen Clark April 1, 2016 / 3:16 am

    You put into words something I have often wondered…how can one take those gut wrenching pictures, walk away, and not lose a piece of one’s soul…each and every time.

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    • jwtatfbc April 1, 2016 / 3:19 am

      The only thing I can relate it to is like when us veterans had to do what we did and still walked passed the innocent victims of war, so that we could carry on with the mission, etc.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 1, 2016 / 3:25 am

        Yes, just because I couldn’t do it doesn’t mean someone can and still be a decent human being. Every day, people have to look horror in the face as part of their job, but stay emotionally detached.

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      • jwtatfbc April 1, 2016 / 3:27 am

        Yes, that’s true. Think of what medical people (in and out of war) have to put up with on a daily basis. That has to be compartmentalized so they can function.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 1, 2016 / 3:31 am

        I have often thought of that. And what police officers see on a daily basis…the worst side of mankind.

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      • jwtatfbc April 1, 2016 / 3:33 am

        Yep. I have several friends in the police and fire departments, and it’s exactly as you say. I don’t know too many in the medical fields, though.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 1, 2016 / 3:45 am

        Well, I have some things to wrap up, then I’m off to bed. Nice talking with you, JW. Good night, and sweet dreams

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      • jwtatfbc April 1, 2016 / 3:47 am

        Goodnight and sweet dreams to you as well, Pretty Lady.

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