Beverly Finney introduces her poem inspired by the Steve McCurry photograph “Bombed Townscape” at the Art of Poetry event, Hickory Museum of Art on December 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.
after “Bombed Townscape” by Steve McCurry
How do they do it, those who have
lived a disaster of heartbreak, loss
and the dissolution of the known,
when the landscape around them
has fallen to ruin, and most who have
loved them removed to other shelter?
How do they keep their small fire
of purpose burning to provide just
enough comfort and hope to get
them to the morning of waking
to what to do now, how to survive
through the day of coming to terms
with their dumbfounding grief,
their hollow numbing confusion,
their slow pursuit of another beginning,
or at least a reason and some way
to move on themselves to what there
might be now that what was is gone?