Thank you, Neha and Michael, for coming together to make #PoetsForPeace possible. An amazing group of writers have shared their work on Neha’s blog. You can find the collaboration here and submit your work if you so desire.


Below is my submission, a poem I wrote about a year ago to recognize the pain and the strength of mothers who lose children during war.

Kate Houck, Poems

I cannot honor lies.
I cannot breathe praises of death.
I cannot take limbs
like those sold to children.
I am mother.
You are plastic in words.
We birth babies. They are flesh,
tears, needs, innocent hearts.
We have limbs.
We have children.
You are empty of mind. You say hero.
You say God. You paint the world
in red                   and leave the sun behind.
Behind this high wall, untouchable enemy,
mysterious evil, who created your answer,
molded your hero, demonized the child.
Life is life. Mother is mother.
Limbs lost and again you scream hero—
Hero, Hero, Hero.
You say the Earth. You say you own breath.
You say mine is yours.
I breathed life into this land, civilized presence,
gave trees to the sky.
We own life. The invisible enemy.
The flashing hero, painted in red,
dripping color into…

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10 thoughts on “Hero

  1. writingwingsforyou says:

    Hello! I’m a fellow blogger in the Poets for Peace project. Michael, Neha and I are gathering permissions from fellow contributors to get our poems published in Praxis On-line Magazine.

    You can leave your permission at Forgotten Meadows near your poem with your name, poem, and URL. Check it out! If you need more information, you can email me at :writingwingsforyou@gmail.com

  2. The Poetry Channel says:

    Welcome back, Kate. Just in time to let me know if you give us permission to publish your poem along with the collaboration that you contributed to.

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