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Ukrainian Mom Writes Her Daughter’s Name on Her Back

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I couldn’t get this photo out of my mind – it speaks of a mother’s love & heartbreak. So I wrote a poem about it. Writing Her Name On Her Back The women of Ukraine, worried they will die before getting to safety, write their children’s names in magic marker on their backs. …
By Seth Barnes

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I couldn’t get this photo out of my mind – it speaks of a mother’s love & heartbreak. So I wrote a poem about it.
Writing Her Name On Her Back
The women of Ukraine,
worried they will die
before getting to safety,
write their children’s names
in magic marker
on their backs.
An echo of Eden,
of a father setting up camp
on the planet,
validating identity,
finding something immutable
to transcend his losses,
to write for generations
millennia removed from
that original breaking of his heart.
“this one is special,
take care of her
now that I no longer can,“
she writes.
If her tears could write instead,
if there were magic marker
for the spirit,
she would write indelibly a book.
She would write of dreams,
of kisses to be given,
of whispers and caresses projected,
of blessings prayed,
all weaving a net of protection
across time.

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